(urth) Lake of Birds

DAVID STOCKHOFF dstockhoff at verizon.net
Tue May 22 09:35:43 PDT 2012

From: Gerry Quinn <gerry at bindweed.com>
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>Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:59 AM
>Subject: Re: (urth) Lake of Birds
>From: David Stockhoff 
> > 
Two things. First, let's remember that Google wasn't around when BNS was 
> >  written, 
and while I'm sure Wolfe didn't deliberately write for 
> >  seminarians 
and graduate students, he did intend his connections to be 
> >  visible. 
If one guesses a connection on the basis of a few links, one 
> >  should 
at least be rewarded with finding a couple more new ones. 
but that award should not be a significant plot point.  More resemblances 
to the original Lake Avernus are fine, but one should stop short of drawing 
conclusions about the characters.
>---My point was that important connections should be multiple. Here is a multiple connection. Conclusions drawn.
>>  Second, 
IMHO for the most part he prefers his allusions to be 
> >  concrete---not 
merely wordplay. That detail of the pipe, while small, is 
> >  concrete. 
And as Bruno points out, connecting a lake to the sea has 
> >  practical 
plot implications in BNS.
it were a canal like the original, it might have more.
>---And would it help if they sold gelato from little carts there in the summer?
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