Are there people out there who enjoy readings things written “with a regulated sobriety”? I realize that prolonged listening to NPR Is a slow-mo lobotomy, but I like to think that even if I lacked a prefrontal cortex, I’d still reach for my revolver whenever I heard the word “nonpartisan”. Bobo:
But the detached writer wants to be a few steps away from the partisans. She is progressive but not Democratic, conservative but not Republican. She fears the team mentality will blinker her views. She wants to remain mentally independent because she sees politics as a competition between partial truths, and she wants the liberty to find the proper balance between them, issue by issue.
The detached writer believes that writing is more like teaching than activism. Her essays are generally not about winning short-term influence. (Realistically, how many times can an outside writer shape the short-term strategies of the insider politicians?) She would rather have an impact upstream, shaping people’s perceptions of underlying reality and hoping that she can provide a context in which other people can think. She sometimes gets passionate about her views, but she distrusts her passions. She takes notes with emotion, but aims to write with a regulated sobriety.
If you enjoy writers like the one Bobo describes here, you are not a human being.