At long last, the first draft of The Holy Warrior and the Last Angel is finished, the concluding volume to the trilogy that started with The Blessed Man and the Witch. Between daily life throwing up its inimitable roadblocks and, no doubt, at least some subconscious desire on my part for the project to never end, I have nevertheless persisted. This draft is a particularly messy one because, owing to frustration at my own glacial progress, I wrote at least 2/3 of it in writing “sprints,” where I’d just set a timer for a select number of minutes and write like mad without editing or correcting any of it. So it’s rough. Still, it’s workable. I’m looking forward to polishing it up.
This is a horrible story about a woman who was burned alive by her former boyfriend, lived in agony for two years, and died in the hospital. The boyfriend, Michael Slager, has only gotten an eleven-year sentence for the crime, but now attorneys are going to charge him with murder. Note this comment, however: “God bless her soul. Prayers for her daughters. Very sad and unbelievable what we as humans do to one another.” It’s silly to have to point this out, but we didn’t do anything. Humans didn’t do anything. One particular person did this to another person. I won’t accept blame here, and if you’re not Michael Slager, you shouldn’t either. I’ve written about this before. It’s blaming the victim for what the perpetrator did and it has to stop.
If your heart hasn’t been wrenched enough this week, here’s another piece that’ll do it for you. It’s very hard to read, but we grow through discomfort, not ease.
Last week I said that calls for civility were ludicrous in the wake of the Scalise shooting because violence-provoking rhetoric works and the people who engage in it like doing it. With that in mind, I wanted to show you this Tweet by left-wing wunderkind Nate Silver:
"You can't talk about people DYING from losing access to health care" might literally be the dumbest argument in the history of the Internet pic.twitter.com/clxckojyF9
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) June 27, 2017
So the eliminationist rhetoric is baked into the very issue. If you have a differing opinion you’re going to kill people, full stop. Get on board with my side or you’re going to be responsible for the deaths of countless innocents. It’s blood money. It’s been a while since an actor did what Booth did. Your disagreement is hate and you should be murdered for it: that’s the state of rhetoric as it’s being practiced today.
I’ve got a horror movie review coming up next week, maybe two.