(urth) OT: Tiptree/Sheldon

Dave Lebling dlebling at hyraxes.com
Thu Oct 19 17:12:56 PDT 2006

I found the Tiptree/Sheldon biography to be simultaneously reverential 
and revelatory. I don't think it was full of pop psychology or 
pseudo-feminism. On the contrary, it very accurately (to my mind at 
least) portrayed the generational split between the feminism of the 40s 
to early 60s and the next generation that came of age in the late 60s 
and 70s. Its insights into Sheldon's character and motivations seemed 
both sympathetic and insightful.

I never met Alice Sheldon but I knew enough women of her generation to 
see the portrait as true-to-life. I would highly recommend the book to 
any fan of her writing.

-- Dave Lebling (aka vizcacha)

Fred Kiesche wrote:
> Greetings:
> "But maybe it's wrong of me to feel it's OK to
> psychoanalyse Dick because he's not around any more,
> when I'd be reluctant to examine Wolfe the same way
> ;-)"
> The next target of this kind of analysis is upon us:
> The new biography about Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree,
> Jr.
> Enough pop psychology and pseudo-feminism to make you
> sick. (One of my degrees is in women's studies, or
> feminist studies if you prefer...I found the book very
> tiresome).
> Save your time. Re-read the Charles Platt interview in
> his "Dreammakers" anthology (volume 2).

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