I can't breathe
What Two Systems?
Two years ago I worked on the video encoders on Falcon 9 and Dragon, and one of the Crew Dragon on-board computers, and suited up to take a close look at the Demo-1 vehicle in a cleanroom in Hawthorne. Absolutely thrilled to see the first manned mission go up yesterday and dock successfully today.
- They will tell you that to be political is to be merely angry, and therefore artless, depthless, "raw", and empty. They will speak of the political with embarrassment, as if speaking of Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.
They will tell you that great writing "breaks free" from the political, thereby "transcending" the barriers of difference, uniting people toward universal truths. They'll say this is achieved through craft above all. Let's see how it's made, they'll say—as if how something is assembled is alien to the impulse that created it. As if the first chair was hammered into existence without considering the human form.
I know. It's not fair that the word laughter is trapped inside slaughter.
We'll have to cut it open, you and I, like a newborn lifted, red and trembling, from the just-shot doe.
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong