(urth) Short Story 67: The Marvelous Brass Chess Playing Automaton

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Thu Jul 17 10:10:40 PDT 2014

In any case, you understand that I am saying basic plot and story matter in
Wolfe, and the framework is ultimately discernible.

On Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:07 AM, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at gmail.com>

>  Whether the story indicates that our jailer is suffocating, literally
>> trapped in the machine, or simply trapped in a restrictive social system
>> that effectively makes life an illusory dream, it is difficult to ascribe
>> an objective reality to the story in light of the last two paragraphs. For
>> this reason, I feel that Wolfe's stories might often parade as postmodern,
>> but only in the rarest of instances does thematic closure require a
>> complete overthrowing of basic plot and story elements as if they don't
>> matter or exist in an objective framework that is ultimately more or less
>> discernible.
> On rereading that last sentence I feel as if I created a mixed
> construction.  Perhaps the last word should be "indiscernible", since we
> are talking about what Wolfe's stories DON'T require.  Sorry.
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