The news has been so dominated by the left/right divide for so long (at least since Clinton/Starr, but it became hyperactive and all-consuming with Trump) that it’s hard to separate any art from it.
Want to write a cutesy murder mystery? It almost feels dishonest if you don’t make the villain a right wing nut.
Cozy romance? Too innocent for a world bordering on implosion.
Sci-fi? You better make those future times corrupt as fuck.
Fantasy? Well, everyone’s awful and the only good people are those that actually care about others (and they inevitably get killed, don’t they, George R.R. Martin? Finish the series, man!)
Even a short story about a ghost stalking a woman feels like the ghost should be about a January 6 insurrectionist.
Which is where I am now. Great. Fuck you, Trump. Not everything needs to be fraught with social collapse.
Target: 200 words
Written: 358 words, short story: Get Back Again
Read: The Power Of Less, Leo Babauta
Comics: The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode 5-6, The Legend Of Luther Strode 1-2
Music: Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D, Nine Inch Nails (why must every remix album include one mix that is just complete garbage, but for some reason, goes on for 12-14 minutes? Does the creator just start with a beat and sit staring at his setup, completely unable to decide what to do next, before going fuck it and turning in a quarter of an hour's worth of pure shit?)