|9 Because that's exactly what they expect,
10 aAnd is therefore the surest way to please them.
CHAPTER 261 Another fertile field for the famous writer is demonstrating his opposition to nuclear holocaust,
2 bVia some clever satire that exposes the insanity of building doomsday weapons that can never be used,
3 Except that they will be,
4 Because the cmilitary or somebody is too stupid not to.
5 This kind of writing is very powerful and important,
6 dBecause the world is teeming with people who really like the idea of nuclear holocaust,
7 And constantly need to be reminded of all the complex truths associated with it,
8 eLike the fact that when everybody's dead,
9 fThere won't be anybody left,
10 Including all the people who are so gshortsighted that they really love the thought of nuclear war.
11 hNote that a work like this involves zero thought,
12 iAnd can be pulled off with a bunch of ham-handed, simpleminded devices that won't cost you even a moment's sleep at night.
CHAPTER 271 You can also write about history,
2 Which involves research and can lead to thought,
||3 But not if you know well ahead of time what you think about what happened,
4 jAnd who's the villain,
5 And exactly which unspeakable evils you wish to highlight.
CHAPTER 281 kYou can also write almost endlessly about how tough it is be you,
2 lOr someone like you,
3 mOr the member of some oppressed minority,
4 nThe tougher the better,
5 Whether it is or not,
6 Because everybody knows that life is tough all over,
7 And they like to hear someone whine about it,
8 Because it reminds them that life is cruel and unfair and unjust,
9 And they're not the only ones who are whining and whimpering and complaining,
10 Which is always good to know.
CHAPTER 291 In fact, you can write about virtually anything in the real world,
2 On your path to fame,
3 As long as you always remember one essential guideline,
4 oWhich is that there are no real solutions,
5 And no real answers,
6 Because there is no such thing as truth.
7 You must therefore,
8 Like your artistic brethren,
9 pBe careful to confine your writing to rephrasing the same old questions in the same old ways,
10 Time after time after time,