Lev Grossman interviews Paolo Bacigalupi: "For me I actually knew that I had a great deal of talent. I knew that I was a really great writer in high school. My writing teachers were amazing. When I went to college I could write essays and all that stuff–really tight, clean stuff. And having the raw ability…it was meaningless, ultimately. It was the willingness to write four novels and fuck them all up and keep going that was the definer. It wasn't the ability at all. Yeah, the willingness to accept failure and not let it stop you, and to not let that define you."
A few excellent posts to check out if you care about Wiscon and/or the inexcusably lunatic rantings author Elizabeth Moon–who, unfortunately, is one of next year's Guests of Honor–recently posted about Muslims. First are Nora Jemisin's, which is a follow-up to another post by her you can find via this one, and Saladin Ahmed's. The next is by Timmi Duchamp: "But perhaps the lack of an organizational policy giving the co-chairs other options in this situation would not be so limiting if US culture at large had a clearer notion of the stakes involved with legitimizing extremist speech." Truer words. Read the whole posts. Personally, as someone who cares deeply about Wiscon, I think it's time for Moon to be disinvited–or at least for her GoH status to be revoked–since she's apparently not going to take the even moderately higher road by stepping down herself. I don't see how it serves anyone's best interests for her to be there or to be "honored."