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Being a degenerate is okay these days
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The question was unexpected enough that Raina actually took a moment to mull it over, tilting her head thoughtfully to one side. She'd thought about it before, of course. Looking at space was one thing, but actually going there was... a dream. Sometimes she wondered whether it would turn out to be a good or bad one if she actually went.

Not as an astronaut, though. Too much physical training involved there, too many little fiddly things that could go wrong and had to be solved on the fly. Literally on the fly, spinning around the Earth at 17 thousand miles per hour if you were in low orbit.

But in the future, when space travel was a thing? When you could just go up in a vehicle, maybe one she'd helped build... that was a good dream. A real good one. And unlike a lot of dreams people her age had, it just might be achievable.

"I hope so," she said finally. Maybe Johnny would make fun of her for that, for having the audacity to hope for the future. Maybe he'd be jealous. "What about you?"
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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