Friday, November 10, 2006

Caroline Spector: Queen of Snark

There's a woman who leads a life of danger....

Caroline Spector is not happy. And she's going to tell you about it. At length. And you are going to laugh at her.

Now, just to be clear, Caroline is trying to make you laugh. She wants you to laugh. She knows that if you laugh you are twice as likely to get the point. She knows what the Daily show knows. Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you're a whiny nobody.

Caroline is the Queen of Snark. As in Snarky, like it says at Wikipedia: a portmanteau of "Snide Remark", loosely described as irritable, backhanded or "snidely derisive." If you go to the OED, well, there's just a picture of Caroline.

An example from Democratic Underground:

During Bill Clinton’s campaign against Poppy Bush, there was one thing that his campaign managers kept hammering away on: The moribund US economy. The “It’s the Economy, stupid” slogan was born and written in large letters in the campaign war room.

It’s time for a new slogan.

Personally, I think “It’s the Stupidity, stupid” has a nice alliterative ring to it, but since that might sound like too much of an ad hominem attack on the person currently occupying the White House, perhaps we should go with “It’s the Incompetence, stupid.”

Formerly an assistant editor at Amazing Magazine and an editor of RPG modules, Caroline has published three novels, Scars, Little Treasures, and Worlds Without End, as well as non-fiction gaming books. She will have a story in the first volume of the new Wild Card trilogy, Inside Straight, along side such luminaries as Walter Jon Williams, John Jos. Miller, Michael Cassutt, Walton (Bud) Simons, Stephen Leigh, Kevin Andrew Murphy, and others, edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass.

As you can tell from the photo above, Caroline plays bass (and cello and vocals, too) in bands that other members of the Brainoids (note to self: come up with better label before am snarked to death by someone) have also played in. (Link -- scroll down.)

She also thinks she can play pool, but we are all entitled to our delusions.

Above photo courtesy of Keith Stokes and the MidAmerican Fan Photo Archive.

(Caroline Spector NAKED.)


Caroline Spector said...

For years now, I've been trying to get my friends to refer to me no differently than they would the Queen . . . and, Steve, usually in pool, one tries to get the balls into the pockets.

Thanks for the lovely introduction.

Madeleine Robins said...

Welcome to the Monkey House, Your Majesty.