“Imperfect” doesn’t begin to describe it.
It didn’t take me long to finish When the Emperor was Divine; I managed to get through the last two chapters in twenty minutes. For such a slender volume, it packs quite a punch and I highly recommend that you pick it up if you get the chance. It won’t take long but it’s an excellent read.
Which leads me to my current conundrum.
Now, I’ve already gotten Wonder Woman: Warbringer ready; the dust jacket is off and been put aside. I refuse to take that to work with me and have it ruined. The book itself is in a plastic bag to protect the cover. The bookmark I’ve been using is tucked inside. This book is thicker and will probably take me longer to read but when I’m done with it, I’ll have to choose another volume.
Right now, I’m torn between two: Hidden Figures and The Physics of Star Trek. Both look amazing. But I’m not sure if I want to pick up the latter at all. There are reasons for this.
The Physics of Star Trek was written by Lawrence Krauss. To say that Krauss is problematic would be putting it lightly. He’s the latest person to be unmasked as a serial sexual harasser. When I bought the book a few weeks ago, I didn’t have a clue about this. The revelation was fairly recent. But it’s out now. And it is coloring my perception of the book. The science may be sound but the author? Not so much. And to me, that’s a huge problem.
Now, Krauss didn’t see any profit from the sale of this book. I picked it up at Half Price Books, so this is a used copy. He won’t be seeing any money from this. There’s that, at least. But I don’t know how I feel about even owning it. Yet I don’t want to drop it off in a little free library, either. I’m not too keen on exposing anyone else to Krauss’ work, all things considered. He has his fans and they have come out of the woodwork in order to defend him, because it seems that he is a leader of sorts in the atheist movement.
To some, he’s a hero. To others, he is anything but. To me, he is someone I’d rather distance myself from, for obvious reasons.
“Kill your heroes.” I’ve heard Prime say that a lot lately. Hell, I’ve said it myself a couple of times. But I didn’t think I’d be forced to take that advice. Granted, people are human. People fuck up and do shitty things. But I would hope that most people would learn from those fuck ups and do better. Krauss hasn’t, as there is a clear pattern to his behavior. Worse, he couldn’t even apologize for it. I don’t know how I feel about that.
“Kill your heroes.” Maybe it’s time we stop blindly admiring people. Maybe it’s time we start realizing that people aren’t perfect. Maybe it’s time we start holding our vaunted leaders to a higher standard and demand better behavior from them. Or maybe it’s time to simply stop having heroes at all.
When I was a child, my heroes were Autobots. They were never human. In the thirty three years since then, that hasn’t changed. With the way things are now, it might never change.