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30 October 2016 @ 02:09 pm
the comforts and strengths of "Dead Issue"  
Please don't misinterpret this post as inviting contemporary politics to my fannish blog. This post is about FK.

That said, I've been wanting to share with you that FK's difficult episode "Dead Issue" had been a comfort to me in the misogynist ick circa the latter two US presidential debates. Maybe it can offer something similar to you, if you need it?

Few women don't have something buried raised by that indefensible stupidity and its defense. I found that certain swells of anxiety and sadness subsided when I remembered "Dead Issue," and thought on what Nick knows, and learns, and remembers. It's just a story, of course, but such reach and resonance in contextualizing and positioning reality is part of why and how we love stories, and why and how we love FK.

"Dead Issue" and its difficulties are one of the happy reasons that I've never been remotely able to reconcile to the fourth of Ophelia5's "Flowers" stories (the series that starts with "Physical Therapy," probably FKdom's most famous NC-17 story). Ophelia5 was such an outstanding writer that she could make feel natural and compelling many things from which I'd otherwise recoil, but that? No. Not. That.

Just remember "Dead Issue." In the flashbacks, Nick is but an observer of Ilsa's predicament. By the present, he is metaphorically Lynn, or she him; he's been there, too.

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