The Dream Café

Steven Brust: “A masterful storyteller of contagious glee and self-deprecating badassery” —Skyler White

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  1. Is the rolling triple 6’s comment a D&D thing?

    If so… you win. At everything.

  2. Dude, you sound like Wally Cox. You should dress as Underdog next Halloween.

  3. Bawrence: You are really working to get me in your fan club, aren’t you? Going to say something about my mother next?

  4. As the saying goes, fuck ’em if they can’t take a joke. Why so thin-skinned?

  5. Any idea if one can find a transcript of this someplace? I have progressive hearing loss and read a lot better than I hear.

  6. You could ask at the site, but I don’t think so, Dan’l. Sorry.

  7. Well that was interesting! Prior to me listening to that I’ve only known you from your blog and books.

    Now that I’ve heard you talk I’ve rejigged my mental profile of you.

    I was correct on the wit and smarts but I had it in my mind that you had an overall angry, pessimistic view of the world.

    You could of knocked me over with a feather when you said you said you are generally happy in the way that humanity is going along (or words to that affect). And to a less extent what you define as “evil”.

    And, you have a puppy!

  8. Dan’l: I’m in a vaguely similar boat, processing Things Read better than Things Heard. So I’m transcribing the podcast now.

    If you’ll ping me (the website has a “contact me” tab), I’ll gladly send it on to you once it’s finished.

    skzb: 😀 The “I GET IT!” moments are why I go back and re-read The Sun, The Moon, The Stars on a yearly basis. Every time, something new clicks. Every time, the “kick w/ the knee” thing reminds me to listen for other things clicking. Thank you for that, and for this.

  9. Thank YOU, Jess; that was a delightful day-brightener.

  10. Yes, a rather weird interview; but I rather think that we would be better served with more interviews like that and less on, say “news.”

    I think there’s significant merit in your conception of art as something people need to do, as opposed to art having the purpose of helping us. Or, rather, it’s a reflexive relationship, so depending on which side of the binary you start from…)

    That which differentiates us from the other critters is that we create stuff we don’t need to live or get the materials of existence. Monkeys will use tools, but people do art, figure out how to make pate de fois gras, even how to get extra horsepower out of an engine by slowing down the speed of air inflow. From one philosophical point of view, the history of humanity is about arranging society such that the rulers have the leisure to both create and enjoy such things.

    Yet, as you say, we are a social species and thus what we create is not particularly meaningful if we don’t share it with our fellows, and get feedback from them. this conception, I think, is the root of the concept of alienation in capitalist society. In a plain human sense, whether it’s the ashtray we make in kindergarten, the novel we write, or the meal we cook, how others value it is a big deal to the creator.

    By the way, I’ve really enjoyed, on a number of levels, your novels. Most particularly, _To Reign in Hell._

  11. I think I like your comments on the interview more than I liked the interview. Thanks.

  12. I rather liked your thoughts on “evil” as the holding-up of mediocrity as acceptable. As the poster wrote above, the interview definitely changed my mental picture of you.

  13. Nice description of real evil.

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