(urth) from National Review Online

Allan Anderson rubel at goosemoon.org
Tue Mar 31 07:58:37 PDT 2009

Thanks, Fernando -- it's always fun to hear a voice and have an author  
become a bit more of a real person in my mind!

My favorite part was how he described Chesterson. I've only read _The  
Man Who Was Thursday_, but the lyrical yet sharp and insightful style  
of that book really clicks with what Wolfe says.

On Mar 30, 2009, at 9:44 AM, Fernando Q. Gouvêa wrote:

> Wolfe Man [John J. Miller]
> Today's Between the Covers podcast is with Gene Wolfe <http://radio.nationalreview.com/betweenthecovers/post/?q=MmQ2ZjA2OGE4ZWNmZjBkMGQ1MjRjYjlhOTA4YmU2OWE= 
> >, the legendary science-fiction writer. Here's what /The  
> Encyclopedia of Science Fiction/ says about him:
>   Though neither the most popular nor the most influential author in
>   the sf field, [Wolfe] is today quite possibly the most important.
> How's that for an endorsement?
> In our interview, we discuss his new anthology of short stories, the  
> book that he thinks will be his legacy, and the influence of G.K.  
> Chesterton on his work. At the end, he says this:
>   I am a conservative. I certainly read William F. Buckley, Jr. with
>   delight…I think he mellowed a little too much at the end…He wasn't
>   as sharp-edged as he really should have been. Perhaps the same thing
>   will happen to me.
> Listen in — and subscribe to the whole BTC series on iTunes!
> -- 
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> any marginally competent physicist would immediately use this to run  
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