Leckie is right about vestiges: they are ever, only, talismans. Whether or not they are genuine is beside the point.
Thackeray may have believed his first novel, Catherine, was a failure, but it was for stupid reasons. Always trust your audience to decide what is worthy. It is such a joy to read him again.
Provenance isn’t great, but I’m glad Leckie wrote it. She stayed within the Ancillary universe without being enslaved by it. This requires a level of skill most writers don’t have.
Your failures matter. If you can’t learn from them you are unteachable.
I’m at the Within Temptation show tonight in Boston. Sharon den Adel is a force of nature. I’m impressed with how heavy they are live. But at the end of the day everything supports her. What a voice.
I’m trying to listen to Dream Theater’s newest album, and I can only do it one track at a time. I’m starting to realize they are a grotesque distortion of Rush: the idea is not to create a band out of virtuosos, it is to create an exceptional band. This is what makes Rush greater.
Leckie makes me realize science fiction is right: the holy grail of giving input to a computer is thought.