Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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One of the patients last night was a young woman with both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She had been out drinking. The police picked her up for disorderly conduct, and while in the police car she tried to cut her wrist. With a rock.

Sometimes I feel I'm living in a Nathaniel West novel. Sometimes I'm just overwhelmed by all the sadness and desperation out there, that I really can't do a damned thing about.

On a lighter note:

China Miéville recently made up a list of '50 SF/F Works That Socialists Should Read' that got a lot of attention. It was quickly followed-up by a list of 'Sci-Fi Novels for Liberals'.

But you know, there are a lot of other political persuasions out there.

And John C.Wright has (short) lists of SF/F novels for many of them.

Including 'Science Fiction for Monarchists', 'Science Fiction for People Who Think Political Offices Should Be Chosen on the Basis Of Neurolinguistic Examination by Giant Machines', and 'Science Fiction for People Who Think That the Imperial Dynasty of America Rightfully Traces Its Decent All the Way Back to the Primordial Time of Hyades Where Black Stars Rise Above Lake Caracossa, and Think the Nations Will Quail When the Yellow Sign Is Shown and the Pallid Mask Is Raised High'.

Yeah. What he said. Black Stars. Yellow Sign. Caracossa. Cool.

But what about the Silly Party? Where's the science fiction for us? Where's the science fiction for those who believe that politics should be (and perhaps secretly is) organized according to the rules of Calvinball?


meaning: deceive, kidnap, bend

誘拐 == yuukai == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) abduction, kidnapping
拐帯 == kaitai == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) absconding with money

Left radical is one of the radical forms of 'hand', here meaning 'arm'. The right radical originally acted phonetically to express 'bend'. This character originally meant something like, 'bend one's arm around something and possess it'. It acquired overtones of illegal possession. 'Bend' may also have had overtones of illegality, as in the English word 'crooked'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'mouth' (口) and 'cut' (刀), and as a mnemonic: 'Receive cuts to hand and mouth in kidnap.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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