(urth) Disingenous Gene
bsharporflat at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 25 07:45:38 PDT 2006
Twice in recent posts, Gene Wolfe has been accused of being disingenuous in
interviews. Another Lupinology truism?
My dictionary calls the word:
>adjective: lacking in candor; also : giving a false appearance of simple
>frankness : CALCULATING
I see the opposite. In interviews, (and his essay on Tolkein) he seems to
me to be genuinely frank and candid, which includes letting an interviewer
know which questions he doesn't like to answer. But for those who do see
him as disingenuous I am interested in specific examples, and what you think
his motive for it might be.
Is it just his evasive personality, which is thus reflected in both his
writing and his speech? Or a deliberate attempt to make sure nobody can ever
understand his stories? Or..?
At the risk of sounding rude, I can't help but think the disingenous
accusation is a way of preserving a personal pet theory when Wolfe's
interview answers contradict. But I am interested in opposing views.
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