PES Friday: This Week’s Recommended Reads – 5/11/2018

Just when you think life is settling down and making ample room for you to work on the fun stuff, new challenges pop up–dental work for the kiddo, a gas leak at the house, and elderly care issues. Oh well…somehow, if you’re hungry enough, you make the time!

Poem

Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley

My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

A lesson in humility!

Essay

Your Tattoos are Problematic by Liz Wolfe in Reason (March 2018)

Human beings have been repurposing stolen symbols for centuries, and breathing new life into them. As Bijou Studio’s Smith put it,”People catch shit for having dreadlocks or braids, but you probably had Vikings that had matted-up hair. Are you gonna have to figure out where everything on the planet originated before you say it or listen to it or wear it?”

Maybe I’m not up to snuff on the intricacies of the arguments, but as a writer and creative person in general, my gut reaction to the anti-cultural appropriation movement can be summed up with a “Huh?” and a headshake. I thought this article provided an excellent summary of why their reasoning is lacking.

Short Story

The Empire of Death by Alice Brown 

Another winner from the Barnes and Noble anthology — Great Horror Stories: 101 Chilling Tales. I felt like I found a random gem with this. I’d never heard of Alice Brown. Apparently, her star faded as a writer around the turn of the 20th century. If this story is representative of her work, though, I’m intrigued enough to read the rest. The setting, the plot, the characters–it all comes together in an amazing way. Picture World War I and vengeful fruit trees.

Happy Friday!

-Phillip

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