(urth) Borski

Rex Lycanthrosaurus lycanthrosaurus at fastmail.fm
Sat Nov 4 21:50:07 PST 2006

On Sat, 4 Nov 2006 22:29:21 -0600, "Adam Thornton" <adam at io.com> said:
> Second: Borski, _Long and Short_.  One of the essays is atrociously  
> edited: he keeps saying "Pendelton's" for the plural.  His editor  
> should have caught this.  

Self-published books do not have editors--not that that makes much
difference given the overall atrocious copyediting of Mr. Wolfe's works
by alleged professionals. Remember the Garvaon/Garsecg confusion in TWK
or the amphisbaena whose "one *hand* is dead" in _tBotNS_? If memory
serves, _Soldier of Sidon_ was originally scheduled to be published on
10-17, but then had its release date pushed back by two weeks; was it, I
wondered, because newly discovered typos needed to be corrected? (Kudos
to the TOR design team at any rate -- this is easily Wolfe's
best-looking book.)

Also, he doesn't mention, that I noticed,  
> one of the big hints in _5HC_ onomastics: "Phaedrus" means "Wolf";  
> "Phaedria" is therefore pretty obvious. 

*Groan.* Absolutely not true, and yet it's accepted by millions of
readers because Robert Pirsig makes the claim in _Zen and the Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance_. (An interesting parallel is Mark Twain's
assertion that mummies were used for fuel in Egyptian trains -- a canard
that is still accepted today as fact.) Pirsig corrects the mistake in
his most recent introduction to _Zen_; rather, if memory serves (since I
can't find the book), Phaedrus means "light." 

And while the subject of werewolves has been broached, I wonder if Gene
Wolfe is fond of Warren Zevon's music, and especially his "Werewolves of
London." The name 'Zevon' apparently derives from the Russian Zevotosky,
"Son of the Wolf.' Ahooooo!

  Rex Lycanthrosaurus
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