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steve  ·  1580 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: October 28th: What are you reading this week?

Rinx... I love ya - I'm neither trying to pick a fight, nor am I trying to defend Card the clown... But you've chosen two "posts" of his that aren't exactly.... In context. The dude has said plenty of stuff that is ridiculous to be sure. But both of these have big caveats that give him some serious wiggle room.

noeatnosleep  ·  1579 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Care to share the caveats?

rinx  ·  1580 days ago  ·  link  ·  

He's pretty open about his crazy, I had no intention of exaggerating or taking those snips out of context. How do you feel they misrepresent him? I linked the posts they are from, I figure people interested enough can read the whole thing (without giving his blog pageviews)

steve  ·  1579 days ago  ·  link  ·  

On both of the examples you provided he gives pretty clear written excuses for why the reader shouldn't take the pieces the way (I think) you're taking them. I'm not suggesting that he's right... These two just happen to have his caveats.

(Even if they do sound a little like "I'm not a racist but...")

And look. I didn't read all of either of the posts. I can't stand Card. I'm not really trying to pick a fight or anything. If anything - we probably agree more about this than either of us think. He's a wild card (pun intended). You never know what nonsense will pop up.

rinx  ·  1578 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I don't think your trying to pick a fight at all! Call me out anytime if it looks like I'm steering people wrong. Issues like race, personal politics, gay marriage are complex ones, it's hard to find few line snippits to show people his messed up views. Hopefully people can dig a bit and decide for themselves. I went to a speech of his at Harvard, it was a horrible moment where someone I'd idolized turned out to be awful. Since I can't copy paste that, I just grabbed some quotes to warn people.

I understand too you don't have to be a good person to write good books. While I think several of his books are worth reading, I'm in the US and we vote with our money. He can't have mine.

bfv  ·  1578 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    While I think several of his books are worth reading, I'm in the US and we vote with our money. He can't have mine.