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5/13/2013

Why I am going to see Ender's Game with full knowledge of OSC douchery

For the same reason I would have bought a fresh issue of Weird Tales with a Lovecraft story in it had I not been a mere glimmer in my great-grandfather's eye at the time.* Because the man's beliefs are not related to my enjoyment of his work. 

9 comments:

  1. Are you implying that dear old HP had some questionable beliefs? (A serious question... I know hardly anything about his personal life.)

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    1. He wrote a poem about how much he hated black people , it's called "the creation of niggers". So, yes, yes he did.
      http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/On_the_Creation_of_Niggers.

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    2. He was pro-Hitler, despite marrying a Jewish woman for a short time. He subscribed to the notion of racial and cultural superiority.

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    3. Crikey. That certainly puts a new spin on things! Hm...

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  2. There is actually quite a bit of racism in HP's stories. Unfortunately he was a man of his time. I just try to take it for what it was. A world view which has been proven to be lacking. Otherwise the stories are pretty good.

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    1. Ah, funny, I was just reading this:

      http://nicolecushing.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/lovecraft-racism-the-man-of-his-time-defense/

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    2. Thanks for the link Gorgonmilk. Although it was not really my intent to defend his racism, that may in essence be what I did. I have been reading a book of 67 stories and it's pretty clear that he is a racist. I don't specifically remember the Herbert West example but Rats in the Walls, Incident at Red Hook and The Street for sure. Actually even Call of Cthulhu is going there in the description of the Louisiana cultists.

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  3. I never had any issue with HPL stories and LMAO everytime I see folks infected by cultural marxist thought-control get their panties in a twist over them.

    This whole blog post is a joke. Gorgonmilk says he has no issue about what others believe but he spends an entire post razzing on a guy because he holds a different opinion than him.

    Priceless!

    His desperate, blanket strawman pathologizing of the opposite POV is hilarious. The anti-raciss' echo chamber that the comments thread soon becomes is even more hilarious.

    Thanks for giving my day some mirth guys. :-)

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    1. I'm happy you're amused by my strawman (lifelike in his pathology), but I never said I "had no issue" with the man's beliefs. I thought I did a pretty good job of ridiculing up there. The point is that I don't need to respect or like or agree with OSC to enjoy his work. If I had to operate under that assumption -- that I can only enjoy art/books created by people who share my own ideas about the world -- then I might as well burn 95% of the books in my collection.

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