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09 June 2011 @ 12:35 am
A neat interview, tweeted or retweeted by William Gibson for obvious reasons; I particularly liked this bit, where Roy Slaper, autodidact jeansmaker, describes his change of vocation:
Skateboarding is such a lifestyle, non-skaters don't understand sometimes. If you're ever really, fully a skater and that's all you think about, it changes your life completely. Until I found making jeans, I felt like the best times of my life were the skateboarding days of my past.

I'm 28 and I feel like the best times of my life were my skateboarding days. For some reason, I just don't think it's going to get that good again, as far as having that much fun.

What's crazy is until I found making jeans, I felt like that.
Idk, I always find the idea of fresh starts really heartening. And people who are really into making things.

On the Embassytown front, a review by Ursula K. Le Guin! The old master gives her blessing to the new generation, etc. I do wish there was more old-school SF written these days; how people think about and approach the same old problems has changed a lot in decades since Heinlein and Asimov (and, yes, Le Guin) ruled the roost. I would be remiss here if I didn't point out Ted Chiang and his exquisitely crafted science allegories--here's one, and another--if he was even one fiftieth as prolific as Asimov, this would be an entirely different conversation! I did just recently run across this great interview with him at boingboing where the guy tries to draw him out over and over again on the drugs-religion-spirituality axis and he just doesn't bite.
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