[NetBehaviour] Sidestepping the Known: A Loose Chronology of Meztext[ing]s

mez breeze netwurker at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 04:45:53 CET 2015

Thx Peter.

On Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM, Peter ciccariello <ciccariello at gmail.com>

> most coolsville ever ....
> On Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 9:15 PM, mez breeze <netwurker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> "*>>Beginnings: A Library, An ‘A’ and a ‘B’*
>> When I was in my late primary school years, I was shunted into an
>> accelerated reading program. This program was designed for kids who had
>> either outpaced their schoolmates in terms of reading ability, or who
>> whizzed through books [while still comprehending them] at a voracious rate.
>> As part of this program it was decided that I should be given special
>> privileges in order to join the primary public library. I was to be allowed
>> to borrow books intended for adult consumption.
>> When the day arrived to venture into ‘The Proper Library’ [as I’d
>> internally labelled it] I was determined to prove that I was just as mature
>> as the adults with whom I’d soon share borrowing privileges. I ventured
>> into the library foyer solo, with no adult chaperone. As I marched along
>> the hallway past ‘The Children’s Library’, the thought hit me: I had no
>> idea how to navigate this place. As I reached the front desk, my card was
>> prepared and waiting, but [probably due to understaffing] there were no
>> adults to show me the ropes. So, being the somewhat timid but determined
>> youngster I was, I marched directly between the first shelves of books I
>> saw. I had no idea what category of books huddled there.
>> I *was* aware [thankfully] of how books were organised in a library
>> setting. I knew that if I selected the first book on the top row, it would
>> be by an author starting with A. And so I grabbed the first three books
>> located there [that I could reach], all by an author I hadn’t ever heard
>> of: Brian Aldiss.
>> The section I had stumbled into was Science Fiction.
>> This simple act of selecting those books [written in a genre that would
>> soon become an enduring favourite] shifted something. My life trajectory
>> tilted. The tilt was subtle, but enough to make me realise that *this* was
>> the way to tackle life: head on, by marching into the hiccoughing
>> unknown with some type of fantastical accompaniment...
>> <http://cordite.org.au/essays/sidestepping-the-known/>"
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