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Romance in Shaky Times

The Edge of Impropriety is scheduled to be released on election day, Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

And — try as I might to tell myself that the problems of one little writer don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world — I’ve got to admit that these days I’m nervous about the fate of both that writer and that world. Which is why I haven’t been blogging this past week.

Or more to the point, why I’ve been writing and rewriting this post for the last few days. Mostly hitting the delete key. Trying not to sound scared about the future or self-righteous about my own beliefs. Wondering how a romance writer does that in times like the ones we’re living in.

Deciding finally that less is more. The point is simply to keep on keeping on putting one foot in front of the other.

  • As a novelist endeavoring to portray erotic depth and complexity amid historical injustice and the abuse of power (like the assault on habeas corpus in the real history behind The Slightest Provocation).
  • As a citizen foot-soldiering on however I can (I’m shy, and don’t exactly love phone-banking for Senator Obama, but somebody’s gotta do it).

And if you only have time to do one hugely, critically important thing on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, you know what that is. And it’s not rushing out to buy The Edge of Impropriety.

5 Comments

  1. And if you only have time to do one hugely, critically important thing on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, you know what that is. And it’s not rushing out to buy The Edge of Impropriety.

    Well said, Pam. Brava. And thanks.

  2. Thank you Janet. And I can’t help adding this, from (once again) the brilliant and much-missed David Foster Wallace:

    Thought of you and everyone else doing such important registration work today, Steve, when I read this, directed at young potential voters, by the brilliant and much missed David Foster Wallace:

    By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.

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