Friday, 24 October 2014

Kingsand quicksand



Does it matter if Conway Stewart's Kingsand ink is a lighter or darker shade of brown? Is the world going to be a better place if Kingsand flows well or if its viscosity is not satisfactory? Do we need to really care about the quality of its shading? Such existential problems tormented the author of Palimpsest as she peered into the depths of the ink bottle. She supposed that the Earth will continue to revolve around itself if said ink is found to be more or less saturated or if it bled or not on to ordinary paper. The sun will still shine tomorrow. People will still be engaged in terminating each other lives in various violent ways. Of course this critique can be directed to most human pursuits. But such is the nature of falling into the quicksand of doubt about one's content production. 

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