Filking Slam Dance


It has always struck me that fandom and various musical subcultures have a lot in common. They are both refuges for the socially disenfranchised seeking meaning or a home or some other elusive intangible. Of course, the practice of filking makes this seem implausible. I admit I have participated in this awful activity on many occasions. I was young and foolish and and at cons far from home. And potentially intoxicated. Filking is basically a special fannish form of really really bad music than can be performed by individuals or groups.

Nonetheless, it seems to me that the punk or goth or emo (is that even a word?) or rocker of any stripe is not psychologically that far from the areas of fandom I am more comfortable in, books, movies, and the formulaic TV shows I write for.

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