If you follow American politics like I have (very closely for the past few years), it’s easy to feel that the daily arguments and disrespect are the way things are and the way things will be. After a particularly vitriolic piece of talk radio last week, I found myself wondering yet again why I spend my time on such things. At 42 years old, I’m finally beginning to understand what Thoreau meant by “quiet desperation”.
Feeling a bit down, I looked through my Audible library and came across Spider Robinson’s The Callahan Chronicals. I listened to the first story, “The Guy with the Eyes”, and was reminded about the proper way we humans should be treating each other. I was also reminded about the power of a good piece of fiction.
Those who need to find Callahan’s Bar find it. Thanks Spider.
To Civility! :tosses glass into fireplace:
I reviewed the audio version of The Callahan Chronicals by Spider Robinson, read by Barrett Whitener, for SFFaudio back in March of 2004.
Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased—thus do we refute entropy.
— Spider Robinson (Callahan’s Law)