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a digital lyric memoir

Steven Wingate, Author

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The simple thing to do here is that tell you that this work is released under the Creative Commons License Deed Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. That means you can reference it but not alter it or try to make money off of it. Linking to the relevant URL is obviously the simplest and cleanest solution. Simply reference my work without altering it and include the following credit:

from daddylabyrinth (c) 2014 by StevenWingate LLC

If I've included a line saying that my own literary work was "originally published in" a particular venue, please add that as well. This license only covers my own original creative work (and that of my father, who isn't around to license it himself). You'll notice that this work includes quite a number of works published under Creative Commons licenses or in the public domain, and I do not claim any right to the work of others that appears here. If you reference such pieces, please reference the original source (you'll find attributions in the annotations with such images) rather than my work. 

The less simple thing to do here is to tell you why I'm doing this under Creative Commons, and that involves a diatribe. (If you don't want to hear it, move on now.) 

We have Big Oil. We have Big Pharma. We have Big Agriculture. And let's be honest, we also have Big Narrative: prepackaged and impersonal stories that are beginning to look startlingly alike. That's because they are designed not to tell the tales of individual human beings enmeshed in the conundrums we call life and culture, but to make money for people who are completely divorced from the creation of those stories. It's like that Traffic song, "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys," where: 

the man in the suit 

has just bought a new car

with the profit he's made

from your dreams.

Well, nobody's making a profit off of this set of dreams. Not me and not Big Narrative. It's free and it'll stay free. Artist to reader, baby. Or is it writer to user? Whatever we are, I don't want you to pay to be here with me. Therefore, it's Creative Commons. Play nice. 'Nuff said. 

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