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April 19, 2006

The Adventures of Michael Moorcock in the 21st Century

Michael Moorcock does a poor job of explaining why he is to become an American citizen. Something to do with his support of a traditional heredity House of Lords, apparently. He does a better job explaining why he is becoming a true Texan.

Shortly after I arrived here I was sitting in a cowboy bar, full of guys in big boots and hats who were drinking beer, smoking Camels and listening to Randy Travis on the jukebox. In conversation, I mentioned how, in the recent UK election, I had voted ‘socialist’ (that is, for NuLabor). I can’t swear that the jukebox stopped playing, but there was a distinct hush in the bar. Then a 6ft6 cowboy in a vast black stetson strolled towards me, jingling as he walked. I knew I probably wasn’t going to get killed, but I wasn’t otherwise optimistic.

He wants to be Anarchy Update: It is hardly surprising a man who could seriously compare Farnham's Freehold to Hitler's Lebensraum should suffer no cognitive dissonance supporting both the House of Lords and the American Senate. Reading Moorcock's "Starship Stormtroopers" from the days when he was still an avowed anti-monarchist I am reminded of two things: First, anarchists are idiots, and; second, most of Moorcock's epic hero cycles were eminently recyclable.

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I think there's a tendency to assume that writing talent = smarts = knowledge = wisdom, which is why it's often jarring when a good writer says something ignorant or stupid. But having seen this dichotomy so often, I'm led to conclude that writing ability is virtually independent of intellectual (and spiritual) development. That's why the concept of the Muses (whether true or not) makes sense to me -- the inspiration doesn't spring solely from its flawed vehicle.

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