Talked with cmike (middlebro) for two hours yesterday. He is coming to similar realizations about our collective background and doomed futures. Referring to our ironically named, working class and collegeless home 'hood of College Point, he writes, "We discussed out unique identities as the educated working class...we do not fully belong to the point because we are educated. We do not fully belong to the college elite because we are from the Point." Few in any literate and educated audience will/would ever understand our similar but nonconventional views on work and family. In a purely nonfictive contest--even at the level of ordinary conversation--our views are only accepted by interlocutors as contrived, exaggerated, and "funny." This is a perpetual insult at the hands of countless readers who wish to rewrite the author into something more comfortably and familiarly palatable.
We must learn how NOT to waste time educating our audiences. We must get our job(s) dones as quickly, efficiently, and fucking awesomely as possible.