Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hart's Hope

I recently finished listening to an audiobook, Hart's Hope, a pre-Ender Wiggins Orson Scott Card novel.  He's such a good author.  I think that I can appreciate good books more than ever after having learned much from the writings of Wittgenstein, et al. (ala Paul Strathern).  People are complex, yet they are simple.  In not being able to see themselves, the mask what they see in the world.  It's probably better that way.  Ignorance is bliss.  However, once you reach a tipping point (sarcasm), you can more appreciate the subtleties of interpersonal relationships, especially in a good pice of fiction.  Fiction is unique in that the author makes the supposition that they know how you think and their characters would act and more importantly think, in a way that is believable to you, yet they do not know you, nor do they know what you think, even if you had the opportunity to tell them.  It seems like a very difficult job, yet there are so many people who are good at it.  Can a work of fiction change how people act in the real world?  The in fact maybe the fiction is not fiction anymore.  If a kid emulates GTA and does some crimes, then GTA is no longer fantasy, but fact.  Weird.  Making fiction become fact must be something like changing the world.  Cool.

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