Monday, April 26, 2010
Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.It's another Five Star Friday held over to Monday due to house guests, family, and a variety of other factors that made the entirety of last week and the weekend flash by before I could even take note of what was going on. I even also almost missed that this is the 100th edition of this little corner of the internet. Inconceivable!
— Don Delillo
Happy 100th, everybody!
This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by fatherhood, sudden illness, sex education in schools, finding inner peace, a loyal friend, rehab, prostate cancer, a feisty baby, a C-section, life lessons, cleavage, and daycare.
I know that some of you have been sorely overlooked. This, too, is inconceivable, so please leave urls to your own excellent weblog writing in the comments.
"Top Ten Ways to Find Inner Peace" from sweet | salty:
Peace. Miss Universe wants it. So does Miss Wichita Home Heating."I, We" from Zipbag of Bones
Do any of us know what peace is, though? Because the moment they inform Miss Wichita Home Heating that all the machine guns in the world have been plugged up with daisies, all those soldiers standing there will be left to ponder the fundamentally distressed state of individual humanity.
And they will freak the f*ck out.
Two from DadCentric:
"12:01 (Part 2)" by TwoBusy
"On Walking the Line" by Whit:
I walk a line called fatherhood and my balance is precarious at best. Toes fall over edges smoothed with kind words and late night hugs. Feet slip upon surfaces left wet by tiny tears and early morning accidents. It is a path that my father walked before me, and his before him, but the scenery is vastly different."I'm Definitely Not Dead" from Hyperbole and a Half
"Regarding the Birds and the Bees" by EarnestGirl at Canada Moms Blog
"The Way Balls Bounce" from B. Hockey J.:
So he tells me this yesterday like he’s saying “Look. A ball bouncing.” and that’s the way I heard it too. I’m just listening to all this stuff about catching it early and radiation or removal and a good prognosis until we finally hang up and everything’s silent. Not emotional. Silent. A silence much bigger than quiet. It’s the calm before I begin to question my aptitude for being a son."Snapshots From Before Going Home" from One Crafty Mother
"Ten Life Lessons From Improv" from Voix de Michèle
"Little Napoleon Apple Tornado Blues" from Thunder Pie:
Of course I never said nothin' to her about the bottles she whipped by my face. She wouldn't of had the time to ponder my aches and just as sure as a buzzard likes hot guts, that lass would have hung lead on my bones without lifting her eyes from that Dora."I Call Bullshit On the Offense" from Raised Queer
"Want" from Whiskey In My Sippy Cup
Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next Five Star Friday. If you have read a really good piece on someone else's weblog, submit it by Thursday at midnight CST to have it featured on Five Star Friday.
And because you are a fan of finding good new writing on the internet: