Doctor Who and my Forty Part Motet Essay

I’m ignoring all the horror in the world today, like the truck bomb in Iraq that killed 32, (how can they function with this kind of daily threat??) the typhoon in the Philippines, all the tornados in our own midwest, assassination memories, the “willful perversion” that brought our congress to this, I need a break. (I am sorry for all the suffering in the world, and it’s not like I can completely turn off all caring, regardless of my announcement.)

For fans of Doctor Who this is a VERY big weekend. That is what I will focus on (although it’s going to be sad). And another good thing, a piece I wrote about Janet Cardiff’s Forty Part Motet installation is up!

I took this picture on the way to the dentist yesterday, speaking of horror. God it was an ordeal. (I’m feeling a little sorry for myself, truth be told, that I have to endure all this. I’m giving myself one day of self-pity. I think I might only need the morning.)

I’ve always had an uneasy time with authority myself, and then I started Echo and I unexpectedly became “the man.” Running an online community means sometimes making decisions when social problems come up. Not everyone is going to agree with your decisions. Also, you are human and sometimes you are going to make bad ones. So now I have some sympathy with authority. Doesn’t mean I don’t realize you still must keep an eye on those in authority and question them all the time.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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