A few links of interest from around the web:
- From still eating oranges, “The significance of plot without conflict“: ‘The necessity of conflict [in stories] is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general–arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity.” This post is from a few years ago, but in a time when all is conflict, it seems, it’s an interesting way to look at narratives.
- A poem from SF author Mary Anne Mohanraj: “A Valentine for my Country, in the Time of Trump.“
- And an escape. One of the best snarky descriptions of the current US political situation would come from the BBC, wouldn’t it? From last Friday’s News Quiz: “The wonky-wheeled shopping trolley full of flaming skulls that is the Trump administration.” Indeed.