"Chaotic do-goodery" reminds me of the Pynchonian motto "Keep Cool, But Care" and the notion of anarchistic miracles. Individual acts that restore local areas of order and fend off entropy for a little longer. Which is pretty much all we can hope for now-a-days and what divides the majority of us from the tea partiers.
D'Ortolan, who has lived for 200 years by transitioning into younger bodies, represents the raw, libertarian lust for personal gain. And Mulverhill characterizes D'Ortolan's position tartly in this way:
Libertarianism. A simple-minded right-wing ideology ideally suited to those unable or unwilling to see past their own sociopathic self-regard.
Whereas Mulverhill promises something akin to what the Culture has - a chaotic do-goodery which attempts to help people in finite ways while acknowledging it is impossible to make the entire universe a perfectly good place.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
New Iain M. Banks Novel
New Iain (M.) Banks novel. Not a "Culture" novel, but a literary/sci-fi mash-up that sounds intriguing. i09 has the review but, more importantly a fun little quote which I enjoyed since I've been running into weirdo libertarians and Ayn Randians since starting my new job: