Happy Birthday, Joe Haldeman, born 9 June 1943
- Like a lot of things that everybody knows, it wasn’t true.
- Bad books on writing tell you to ‘WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW’, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.
- There’s no such thing as writing about the future. The future hasn’t happened yet.
- Anyone who sees clearly sees chaos everywhere. Art is a way of temporarily setting order to confusion. Temporary and incomplete; that’s why we never run out of new art. Anyone who comes to the tools of art without that sense of confusion is an invader.
- Politicians cover their mistakes with money; cooks cover their mistakes with mayonnaise; doctors cover theirs with dirt.
- Rationalism doesn’t require belief, only observation. The real, measurable world doesn’t care what you believe.
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