The fact is I do not write news that must be reported. I choose to write about whatever captures my curiosity. Simply choosing what you write about is a subjective choice. That is how you make your living. As a common parasite, really. People go to great lengths to do this. They might focus on work or some interest like orchids, or be propelled by a desire to make lots of money or to raise their children in a certain way. And my passion is to examine and interpret that and convey it to other people.
And yes, it is very much a matter of connection and disconnection and belonging and not belonging.
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You describe Florida as "less like a state than a sponge. What is your ultimate estimation of his parasitic pursuits? If people were foolish enough to come to him and offer him lots of money to post naked pictures of themselves on the web, he felt that his mission in life would be to charge them as much as possible.
There were certainly moments when I thought: this is really just an ordinary greedy guy who is a little bit more clever than the ordinary greedy guy. Yet, there was a certain strange logic in this greediness.
He had discovered a law that was so badly written that he could abuse it and take advantage [of it]. I also think it was a way for him to justify his own ends which were fairly simple: he wanted to make a million dollars.
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But he would not have wanted to do it had there not been an interesting complexity to it. And it is probably something to do with needing attention.
But not every get-rich-quick scheme ignites the same degree of passion in him. Like Don Quixote, he is the ultimate loser. I think he has a grand self-image. It would be enough for an ordinary person to get rich with something unspectacular like lawn grass. But Laroche has a vision of himself as something larger than life. He is a loser if you compare him to normal standards of success.
In his own mind he is not a loser because he really is living the life he wants to lead. Did you retain a sense of remaining a distinct and separate being, or were you ever in danger of becoming part of the exotic blur? I am not a hot weather person. On the other hand I think I am a person who is typical of Florida. I came down there to find my own fortune. Like so many people I came to Florida with a scheme in mind: I wanted to write this book about this peculiar event that had taken place.
But my connection was impermanent. It surprises me to realize I have written easily over half a dozen pieces down there. Part of that is the fact that interesting, strange things happen in Florida. It is a bubbling-stew of a place. And the kinds of stories that interest me, people starting new lives, creating new communities, happened in Florida.
Fate intervenes. Disappointment is deflected. And you are grateful. Is that how you rule your life? I try to figure out if there is destiny and fate or if life is just haphazard. What we search for is a kind of order and logic in what is the chaotic and illogical experience of being alive. I think you grab on to little footholds that make you think that there is logic and that there is some sense of order in your life.
It is very funny how much we crave that. I am almost delighted to have a fortune teller say to me, "Nothing is going to happen until January" because I feel relieved of that anticipation.
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It is a comfort to think that there is something. Sometimes I wonder how it is that I ended up as a writer. It seems, looking back on it, almost fated. On the other hand I am not sure. Do I believe that?
The Orchid Thief
It could never have matched all of the expectations that I was bringing to it. A ranger from the Fakahatchee called me after the book came out and said, "If you want to see a ghost orchid, I will take you to see one. You can come down. I like just imagining it, as something irresistible and unattainable. One of these days I suspect I will see one. It would be nice if it were by accident. I have talked to him.
And he said to me in his usual way, "You know, if you write a couple more books, you could turn into a pretty good writer. Did you analyze your fascination with Laroche going beyond the objective interest in his passion? I only realize this now. Certainly, when I set out to write a book about flowers, I never thought it would be sexy. But our relationship was strictly reporter and subject. It is certainly true that you develop a kind of intimacy with someone you are writing about.
You spend an enormous amount of time with them.
You want to hear everything they have to say. It is a kind of idealized relationship. By definition, everything he had to say was interesting to me, because that is what I was there to do: to find out about him. I think you can become very attached, very connected to each other. Going back to the parasitic theme: you are each serving a purpose. He was my subject. His cooperation made it possible for me to write a book. I think one of the great questions in non-fiction is: what does that relationship mean?
Gul'dan swore loyalty, planning on breaking his oath the moment he saw fit. In fact, it was Orgrim's own sense of honor that doomed the Horde more than Gul'dan's betrayal. Not wanting Gul'dan to escape unpunished, he sent a huge chunk of his own forces to hunt him down.http://webmail.openpress.alaska.edu/11647-casa-rural-el.php
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Not only did it force him to lift his siege of Lordaeron, but the forces sent after Gul'dan suffered heavy losses killing the traitor clans and were then further obliterated on the way back by a surprise attack at sea by Admiral Proudmoore, leaving only a few thousand warriors. Had Orgrim chosen to continue the siege instead of seeking revenge, he would have razed Lordaeron, likely winning the war. They all readily betray him as soon as it suits their own purposes. Quest for Glory IV has a literal version of this.
The Chief Thief has been turned into a giant cockroach monster, but you can earn his gratitude by finding the Artifact of Doom that did it, making him human again. At that point, you're free to kill him try when he's a bug and he'll spit acid on you.
You suffer absolutely no consequences - except for the fact that your Honor stat drops to 0 immediately. The narration even drops the trope name afterwards. Among Thieves go figure. From the get-go there's all kinds of back-stabbing and betrayals going on, even from our hero, Nathan Drake. Good thing Elena shows up to set him straight.
A Thief's End continues the trend. There's a lost pirate city named Libertalia Drake and his brother go searching for. Libertalia was a town founded by a coalition of notorious pirates escaping the regular world, bringing the considerable wealth they've amassed with them. This trope is the reason that all went to hell. When the commander takes down the group's leader, Captain Vorhess, we soon find out Sergent Bootis deliberately held back his men, so Vorhess would be killed, leaving him in charge and more loot for the survivors. Needless to say, not combining all your available forces against Commander Shepard is essentially suicide.
His betrayal only grants him a swifter death. This is made into an even stupider move when he notes how big of a threat Shepard is in a datapad. Also shows up with Zaeed's Backstory. His business partner for the private military company the two started had this mindset. He hired terrorists and such, leading to a case of Even Evil Has Standards from Zaeed, resulting in said criminal further cementing his belief in this trope by hiring Zaeed's own men to kill him.
This seems to be one of the main themes of Mafia II , with the various intrigues between the 3 major crime families and the many betrayals committed by pretty much every Mafia member against each other and the player character. This is in sharp contrast to the much more idealized vision of The Family seen in the first game.