In Against the World, Against Life, his biography of the writer, the French novelist Michel Houellebecq ascribes Lovecraft’s racism to his relatively wealthy New England upbringing suddenly bumping up against two years of rougher living in multicultural New York. But fellow writer Nicole Cushingrefuses to accept the oft-trotted out excuse that Lovecraft, born in 1890, was merely “a man of his time”. She says Lovecraft seems “obsessed with the theme of white supremacy, taking opportunities to shoehorn it into stories even when it’s totally unnecessary”.
“How well do you know the Internet? Until two weeks ago, I thought I knew it pretty well. After all, I spend a good chunk of my day browsing Reddit and 4chan, and I’m always up-to-date with the latest memes and circle jerks. I’ve been a denizen of the internet since the early days of Fortune City pages and IRC channels, and a regular ever since.
Then, about a year ago, somebody introduced me to the “Shadow Web”—a sort of secret layer of the Internet that you will never find by Googling or looking up message boards. There are no “in links” from the surface web to the shadow web. And no, this isn’t the “deepnet”, in case you were thinking about that. Not some website with….” clickt’nued
“Qina wasn’t her usual carefree self—but who could blame her? She was in the middle of a cold war with her boyfriend, after all. She was determined to not initiate any contact and to not pick up even if he called, though secretly she was watching his every move on the web and updating her own status with great deliberation. She was sure he couldn’t resist peeking.”
In this article, I’m going to tell you about illusion, expectation, and the lies that your brain sometimes tells you. And I’ll explain how those lies relate to science fiction, the women who are destroying it, and the future of our society. But before I get to all that, I’ll start with a story that is also a puzzle…
It’s no secret, I’m working on another Thomas Pynchon paper and it has to do with entropy as a trope for anxieties about modernism. “Thomas Pynchon, Newton’s Second Law, and Entropy” came up in my googles and I’m posting it here for future reference. If you’re interested, this post is the place to begin; followed by this one if you’ve read V. or other early works.