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Noam Inkfeather's writing is a thought-provoking journey through the boundaries of free speech, tradition, and science, all while maintaining an aura of humor and insightful commentary. Drawing inspiration from literary legends like Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein, Inkfeather guides readers through complex themes with wit and colorful characters. His rhymed verse not only entertains but also educates, introducing readers to new words and ideas. In a world where big government and the donor class often dominate the narrative, Inkfeather's work fearlessly challenges norms, encouraging intellectual curiosity and sparking critical thinking in future generations. An eloquent and unapologetic voice in the realm of literature.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Eric Weinstein was a big influence for me, he suggested that if people want to protest something, they should do it creatively and constructively, so I wrote this book to critique Big Agriculture’s stranglehold on small farmers and the industrialization of what should be a widespread, simple, and regenerative process. But the way industrial farming is destroying our soil and killing bees…well, this is my protest song.
There is this great line from Dr Claire Craig’s book “Expired”, which was on the topic of the Covid pandemic. She says at in the book, that “Politics is the opposite of Science”, now I’m going to paraphrase how she described that, “with science, you collect evidence and come to a conclusion, whereas in politics you start with the conclusion then go find the evidence that supports it.” So, in the last few decades, but especially in the last few years, this has really come to a head.
In doing some graduate research I noticed that many lab PhDs do research for corporations, since they only want evidence that supports the use of their products, that means that they either don’t publish the results of experiments that are unhelpful, or and what is more usual, they design an experiment to get a result they want. To then call this evidence, or data is an abasement of the process we call science. So I am writing a series of books based on this phenomenon, that is, manipulating The Science to prove whatever the biggest dog with the most money wants proved.
What are your current projects?
Liz Enko and the Charming and Harming of Farming is the first book in a series I am planning, called Liz Enko and the Dogmatism and Sophism of Scientism. Each book will take some topic or sector to task for using phony sciency looking studies to try to promote their products or influence policy. I don’t yet know how many books I will write, but I have already penned most of the second book, tentatively called, Liz Enko and the Connections of Confections to Midsections and Subjections. This is based on a saying I saw once by the then Twitter (now X) handle @MsDismal. The tweet was something like “We used to use slaves to make sugar, but now we use sugar to make slaves”. So, this next book will be about how the sugar industry gave about half the USA diabetes by promoting nonsensical scientism at the behest of big sugar and big corn. Once people are hooked on sugar and constantly satisfying a short term sugar craving and throwing their blood sugar into a rollercoaster of disarray, they then get hooked on diabetes medications and doctors office visits. It completely destroys their individual liberty because they are chained to the medical system to survive, and they are rarely given the tools to get out of the trap of metabolic syndrome into which they have fallen. I have a third book already fully written, but it is too controversial to discuss.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Yes of course, or what’s the point of writing?
I want readers to understand that our institutions are completely broken and corrupt, which is kind of a bummer, but the silver lining is traditions and faith. I think for people to have a strong religious or traditional cultural background is such a gift. We can’t make all of our decisions and policies based on science because then the question is, who is manufacturing “the Science™”, even if all scientific studies were done in good faith, executed perfectly and all data from every study, regardless of result was published, it still is a bad idea to index too highly on science, data or evidence. Somethings should be stated as values, conscious choices should be made for what kind of world we want to live in and we need culture, tradition and even sometimes religion to help us guide our decisions sometimes.
What genre do you consider your books?
I honestly don’t even know the answer to this question. I wrote them with the intention of them being kid’s books. But I have been told that some of the words I use even some adults don’t know. A big influence for me is, of course, Dr Seuss, and he just made up a bunch of nonsense words. I figure if Dr Seuss could have crazy nonsense words all over his books and kids still enjoy it, then maybe I can do the same thing, but with actual words, that are just a little beyond the vocab of some. I think the books I am writing are family books, satire, and poetry. I want them to be read aloud. I even imagine adults getting together for drinks and taking turns reading it to one another. It’s just such a much better interaction than everyone playing on their phones.
What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
I would love to have the creative muscle to pull off some science fiction, but I think I use the constraints of the rhymed verse as training wheels in a way. But I like the output. As far as themes, I think it is clear I like to make a social commentary about fascism, or what is euphemistically called “public-private partnership”.
What has influenced you the most as a writer?
In my day job I am a clinician, I have been seeing patients full time for over a decade. Because of the nature of my field of medicine, I see a lot of the people who have either slipped through the cracks of the medical machine or the ones who have been hit full on by it. They come to me in desperation, and that gives me a bit of a bias, because I don’t see a lot of the success of the medical system. A lot of that misery directly or indirectly comes from some “study” where somebody manipulated data, it just breaks my heart.
Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?
I LOVE audiobooks, love love love. I have listened to hundreds of books. I love fiction and nonfiction alike in audio format, I love it because I sometimes have a long commute, or I can listen while doing chores or just walking. But for reference books for my work as a doctor or anything needing a visual, I prefer print. E-books are a last resort for me, although sometimes they are much more convenient than carrying around an entire library.
How do you come up with names for your characters?
I love wordplay, especially puns. The titular character, and the namesake of the series Liz Enko is named for Trofim Lysenko, the catastrophically idiotic Soviet era biologist whose bungling of science and socialist ideology resulted in the starvation and deaths of tens of millions. So that’s why the character Liz Enko is the consistent part of the series, she will appear in all the books as a warning of what happens when people mistake politics and ideology for science.
What is your favorite word, and why?
Worthwhile, I think it is the best English translation for the word Kungfu (功夫 gong fu). What we call Kungfu, means skill derived through time and effort and usually denotes a physical activity. So it isn’t just martial arts, it could also be ping pong. But I like the word worthwhile, because it is a bit 4-dimensional, like Kungfu because it infers some amount of sacrifice for something gained in the long run. Like the physical exertion needed to get good at a sport can be grueling and even painful, but it is worth it to achieve your goal.
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