Really? 2015? Seven months? A friend likes to quote that great philosopher, Marx (Groucho not Karl):
“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.”
True. So true.
To which I says: “Look to the future of Christmases Past.”™ (mind the trademark)
There was a show on TV once upon a time that combined skit comedy with social and political satire. It was called “Laugh-In” and was considered a trailblazer for reflecting the “blood humours” (in the medieval sense) of the time.
A last gasp of the late 60s and early 70s, the “Cold War” and looming threats of nuclear obliteration, “sex and drugs and rock & roll”, free love, and Vietnam.
You weren’t really there if you remember it. I had to check with an online encyclopedia to confirm all that.
Today it’s Groundhog Day and we’re all trapped in a perpetual 9/12; AIDS and ebola; zombies and vampires; ecstasy, meth and Kardashians, oh my; Afghanistan and Iraq, Iraq and Afghanistan again; and tsunamis of one kind or another. The Canadian dollar is worth the same as it was against the USDollar in the 1970s.
The genius called Colbert is the new late night Johnny, but The Daily Show remains young Americans’ number one source of news and their window on world events. My every keystroke is monitored for impure thoughts by some mindless super cop and its supporting and equally mindless mobs of minions.
People like Michael Brown are guilty until proven white. Please, may I erase my mental hard drive? I don’t like this place anymore.
Plus ça change.
So whatcha been doin’, Shmohawk? Writing. Seriously. I mean serious writing. You know, knuckling down to purge me soul of angry demons by slinging them onto the screen, much like I’m doing here. Only this is fun. That other stuff is hard work.
I hate it. I love it. It’s complicated.
I have a friend who’s done three books in that same time. Good for him, says I. I hate him. I love him. This too is complicated because he’s a good friend, a best friend (I almost wrote “fiend”). In fact, he’s one of the constants in my meandering writing life.
Envy is a nasty bitch wearing too much makeup, a tight dress and high heels. But sometimes…. Oooh.
Not today though. Today, I have work to do. Begone, you nasty thing.
2015, eh. Here we go again.