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Response to Demeter (Reply #16)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 06:27 AM

41. It's not escapist, and it's been too long since I read it, but

were it not for those small points I'd recommend Brunner's "Stand on Zanzibar" for the WE theme - also, last time I checked I think it was out of print, alas - reminder to self, look on-line for a used copy .... (it's well worth re-reading). He was brilliant and much ahead of his time.

I'm wracking my brain for a theme suggestion, with no luck so far ... I, too, would like an escapist theme, but am too mired in grim.

Next week we could consider the Kentucky Derby for a theme. There are hats, Derby parties, !%ers prancing about (no, not the horses - they prance much more prettily and naturally and exploit no one - are themselves, in fact, the exploited, somewhat like lovely young sex-slaves ... There are mint juleps for the high-born and beer for the hoi-polloi in the infield ...

... there are backstretch workers who care for the "stars" - many immigrants - who are ill-paid, there are jockeys who are "independent contractors" with no health insurance, despite engaging in what is probably the most dangerous sport on the planet.

I'll keep thinking on this week, but am probably too mired in grim.

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