Miscellaneous Mental Musings of an Emerging Artist
At the end of July, James Gunn got fired from his job directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after Mike Cernovich, alt-right ne’er-do-well and unrepentant rape apologist, unleashed a massive, expertly timed onslaught collage pieced together from of the ill-considered jokes about pedophilia and other unenlightened opinions Gunn had once put online and had since disavowed. This is not an essay expressing the whole of how I feel regarding Gunn’s firing, save to say that Mike Cernovich is a cackling misanthropic pustule of a man, and that the uniquely human paradigm of transgression, atonement, and forgiveness is a multifaceted process that winds and bends and catches fire and cools and might never resolve to anyone’s preference.
Gunn’s experience, in its way, compelled me to finally complete a project I began six years ago, migrating a selectively curated batch of blog posts over from my old LiveJournal — nowadays a platform owned by Russian interests, just like our president — to WordPress, with a handful of small corrections and cleanup for dead links. I also took the opportunity to grab a number of my long-form commentary posts from Facebook and convert them into journal versions. The final count was a little over 700 compositions — including essays, plays, poetry and prose — that I felt best represented the state of my mind and the form of my feeling at the time I chose to write about them.
Things I Learned From The Migration
I’m leaving in the pre-dawn hours of the morning to attend a family wedding in Toronto. When I return I believe I will permanently shutter what remains of the LiveJournal, and let whatever I deemed unnecessary to myself moving forward fade into any oblivion there may exist on the internet.
And I shall remind myself that the price of self expression is that your past can be both fleeting and permanent at the same time.