(urth) barrington interview
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Tue Oct 7 06:28:33 PDT 2014
>Marc Aramini: Well, Lee, let me give you an example of a misreading.
Marc, I'm sure there are many examples upon which WE can agree are a misreading
of fiction by someone else. But the assessment of error remains our opinion not scientific
What if there is an "error" (Wolfe's or editor's) in the text such as Wolfe's spelling of
Quadrifrons as Quadrifons? Is the misspelling deliberate on Wolfe's part, serving a
hidden purpose? Or is it just an error?
What if Wolfe makes an error and a reader makes an assumption based on that error.
Who is actually right, the reader who is in concord with Wolfe within the text or the scholar
who has spotted Wolfe's error?
There are varying levels of agreement when it comes to fiction. Relatively few disagree
on the meaning of a Stephen King novel. But when an author such as Wolfe writes in
deliberately ambiguous fashion (Shadow Children are degenerate humans/No, they are
native shapeshifters) there is going to be disagreement with no firm way to establish
universal correctness, as your discussions with Gerry Quinn demonstrate.
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