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Thu May 29 05:42:50 PDT 2014
Glad he liked Little, Big. Makes me happy.
On May 29, 2014 8:34 AM, "Piotr Szczęsny" <neternalz at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think he means Isaac Singer, author of "Shadows on the hudson" and "The
> Magician of Lublin". Also I checked - Singer was still alive in 1983.
> 2014-05-29 13:45 GMT+02:00 Daniel Otto Jack Petersen <
> danielottojackpetersen at gmail.com>:
>> I just saw him mention King for the first time the other day (at least I
>> think he meant* Stephen* King). It's in *Castle of Days*, a very clever
>> little self-interview piece called 'Lone Wolfe' (from 1983 it says).
>> Here's the relevant excerpt:
>> *Q: You have the reputation of being one of the nicest guys in the field.
>> We both know you're a hyena on its hind legs. How have you fooled
>> *A: By keeping my mouth shut when I read garbage.*
>> *Q: Have you found that difficult?*
>> *A: No. I'm constantly running into people who've read bad books clean
>> to the end. I admire them more than I can say, but I can't do that - when
>> I get shit in my eyes I close them fast and cry.*
>> *Q: You also throw the book at the wall and scare the dog.*
>> *A: Yeah. And then when somebody asks me how I liked the book, I say I
>> haven't read it, because it's really not fair for me to judge without
>> finishing the book. Maybe the last nine-tenths is marvelous. But I doubt
>> *Q: Leaving aside the people you've already named [earlier he'd said he'd
>> read a lot of Lafferty, Le Guin, Knight, Wilhelm, and Budrys and also
>> thought Little, Big was 'an education in modern fantasy all by itself'],
>> who doesn't make you toss the book at the wall?*
>> *A: Lord Dunsany, Chesterton--*
>> *Q: I know, Dickens. Let's keep the dead out of this.*
>> *A: Ellison, Leiber, King, Singer, lots of good people.*
>> Then 'they' change the subject. I assume he's talking about SK. If so,
>> that's a fairly ringing endorsement from Wolfe - SK's fiction is not
>> garbage and thus doesn't merit being thrown against the wall!
>> Does anyone know who Singer could be?
>> On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 11:26 AM, Piotr Szczęsny <neternalz at gmail.com>
>>> I only know one Stephen King in Wolfe works. In "From the desk of Gilmer
>>> C. Merton" where he is clearly mentioned as horror story writer - Steven
>>> E. Presley.
>>> 2014-05-29 12:02 GMT+02:00 António Pedro Marques <entonio at gmail.com>:
>>> Gene Wolfe mentions King a number of times. Some of those are clearly
>>>> Stephen King. SK is usually taken as an entertainer rather than a Writer
>>>> (not by me, since my knowledge on the matter is nil). Has Wolfe's
>>>> endorsement been analyzed? (F.i., people will discuss his appreciation of
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