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Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

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2 hours ago, Scott de Montevideo! said:

Wow, he just can’t say “I was wrong” can he?

Yeah, well you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man

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Did he just equate having to put on glasses to having a disability? Wow.

Edited by Proudfeet

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The more I read and hear about this guy the less I like him.

Not trying to diminish issues he's having at the moment but I wish he found some professional help* if things are as dire as it seems based on his blog posts.

*I would've loved it if I could've put "took a break from writing and found some professional help" but alas.

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Christ, this forum has made being uncharitable to Rothfuss an Olympic sport. As far I can tell in reading his blog post, there is no equation made between needing to wear glasses and having a disability. And in his response to the 4th comment he mentions he is indeed in therapy (AKA "professional help).

 

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It’s like I’ve spent my whole life being able to travel to Narnia and now someone put a lock on the wardrobe door….

What is this then? Anyway, Rothfuss is very much like Kvothe personality wise or should it be the other way round? Either way, its not meant as a compliment.

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The people who dislike what he writes should just stop reading it, near as I can tell. Pretty sure that no one who does this will be left in the dark as to when his next book is published, as it will doubtless hit the rounds in publishing, genre, and even entertainment press, and on this and other fora, and so on and so forth.

Rothfuss is pretty clearly in a dark mental space right now and it feels kind of ghoulish to shred him for it, whatever sins he's allegedly committed against his readers and his fans.

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Look, I occasionally check in on the stuff he writes on the internet, usually prompted by people criticising him on this forum, and I'm often not particularly impressed by how he expresses himself. The metaphor about the neighbour who turned to stripping, or whatever it was, was particularly egregious. He definitely articulates himself in annoying cliches, such as the Narnia metaphor or the blog premise of drifting away from a friend. But I think that interpreting the Narnia bit as him arrogantly equating a relatively banal frustration with having a disability is wrongheaded. He is simply describing it as a bummer for him, something that is emblematic as to how he feels about his own mental space. He even suggests its banality when he says "it may seem a small thing to you".

I'm not even necessarily disputing your account of his character (I would have to do a more thorough investigation to make up my own mind), but, as far as I can tell, in this instance you are merely being uncharitable.

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2 minutes ago, Ran said:

The people who dislike what he writes should just stop reading it, near as I can tell. Pretty sure that no one who does this will be left in the dark as to when his next book is published, as it will doubtless hit the rounds in publishing, genre, and even entertainment press, and on this and other fora, and so on and so forth.

Rothfuss is pretty clearly in a dark mental space right now and it feels kind of ghoulish to shred him for it, whatever sins he's allegedly committed against his readers and his fans.

Shrug, a link was posted here and I went to read it. It's not like I frequent his blog to look for posts to criticise him. 

As far as "sins committed" goes, his actions and speech reflect on his character and its not a recent thing. I don't think its fair that he deserves special treatment, but your house your rules. If you think that we shouldn't criticise him, I will abide by it but I don't agree.

15 minutes ago, Mazzack said:

Look, I occasionally check in on the stuff he writes on the internet, usually prompted by people criticising him on this forum, and I'm often not particularly impressed by how he expresses himself. The metaphor about the neighbour who turned to stripping, or whatever it was, was particularly egregious. He definitely articulates himself in annoying cliches, such as the Narnia metaphor or the blog premise of drifting away from a friend. But I think that interpreting the Narnia bit as him arrogantly equating a relatively banal frustration with having a disability is wrongheaded. He is simply describing it as a bummer for him, something that is emblematic as to how he feels about his own mental space. He even suggests its banality when he says "it may seem a small thing to you".

I'm not even necessarily disputing your account of his character (I would have to do a more thorough investigation to make up my own mind), but, as far as I can tell, in this instance you are merely being uncharitable.

Well, the bolded is the point of contention. I don't think so. I think that is a charitable reading. The "it may seem a small thing to you" is inconsequential. He clearly means that this is a big thing to him, to an extent which I think is pretty ridiculous. 

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I’m usually quick to jump on the asinine things Rothfuss tends to say, but I thought that blog post was fine. Sad post by him and I’m sure it took some courage to write it. 

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As someone who has had to go back to glasses in my mid-forties, it sucks. I had glasses from age 10-27, Had lasik surgery and could wake up in the middle of the night and read the clock without putting it two inches from my eyes.

Last year, I realized I was straining to read subtitles on the tv. Finally broke down and got my eyes checked. Now wear glasses again. But it sucks because I have to take them off to read. 

So while I do tend to bash Rothfuss in frustration of his procrastination dressed in a cloak of wonderfulness, this is just him expressing the frustrations of growing old(er). Glasses, suddenly being the patriarch of the family, etc. Now he certainly has depression going on too. He keeps saying he's "alone" while surrounded by wife and kids. 

 

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I'm trying to figure out if I'll still be alive when Sanderson gets around to finishing the D3 manuscript that was sent around about five years ago to beta readers. I bet he has a clause in his will though that if he dies early, all the manuscripts and notes are burned.

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Rothfuss's depression began long before the current social, civil, climatic and political unpleasantness, but I've been thinking a great deal about its effect upon fiction writers.

These are terrible times, which, for many, and not only writers and artists, but everyone of decency, seem to demand something from us more than our long-held, more simple ambitions and aspirations for ourselves and our lives.

What that should be?  It seems as though for a deeply empathic and sympathetic cohort, one thing that happens is that writing fiction just doesn't seem worth it, that there are more important and significant things we should and could be doing, yet we're blocking ourselves from recognizing that, which leads to paralysis = depression.

I dunno.  These are just thoughts I've been exploring since the campaign of 2015.

Edited by Zorral

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2 minutes ago, Zorral said:

Rothfuss's depression began long before the current social, civil, climatic and political unpleasantness, but I've been thinking a great deal about its effect upon fiction writers.

These are terrible times, which, for many, and not only writers and artists, but everyone of decency, seem to demand something from us more than our long-held, more simple ambitions and aspirations for ourselves and our lives.

What that should be?  It seems as though for a deeply empathic and sympathetic cohort, one thing that happens is that writing fiction just doesn't seem worth it, that there are more important and significant things we should and could be doing, yet we're blocking ourselves from recognizing that, which leads to paralysis = depression.

I dunno.  These are just thoughts I've been exploring since the campaign of 2015.

Social media will be the downfall of our society.

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1 minute ago, Mexal said:

Social media will be the downfall of our society.

:agree: But, I believed that about the endless and ever more graphic depictions of violence and hatred on tv and movies:commie: long before there was social media! :read:  

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9 hours ago, Zorral said:

:agree: But, I believed that about the endless and ever more graphic depictions of violence and hatred on tv and movies:commie: long before there was social media! :read:  

I miss @sologdin  

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