(urth) tongue in cheek (?) wolfe profile

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Fri Nov 17 06:57:22 PST 2017

I think it is supposed to be a joke, but damn it just isn’t funny. Sorry to
point your attention to something so frustrating ...

On Friday, November 17, 2017, Eric Bourland <eb at hwaet.com> wrote:

> You know, I just wasted ten minutes of my morning to scold this young man
> in the comments. I do not know if my comment will persist. I might have
> gotten a little hot under the collar myself.
> Friend,
> Wolfe was drafted in his early twenties and sent to war. If you read his
> Letters Home, you will learn more about that: a collection of loving,
> reassuring letters that he wrote to his worried mother while he was
> stationed in Korea. He was barely twenty-one or twenty-two. He's not
> fascist in the slightest and not even particularly conservative; his
> reflections, in books like Peace or Free Live Free, on the nation of
> America are loving of America and its people and the people of the world.
> If anything, he laments the foolishness of politicians. In books like Home
> Fires and A Borrowed Man, you can tell he has put a great deal of thought,
> and a lot of reading, into the results of fascism, nationalism, populism,
> capitalism. It might come off as small-minded to bring up his very early
> work in the 1960s; it's not fair or advisable to judge the tone or
> intention of a writer by his juvenalia. He was drafted by the
> military-industrial complex of America and sent to war. He shot at people
> who were shooting at him, and none of them, I imagine, wanted to be there.
> I am not trying to offend you, but the sarcastic tone of your text comes
> across as anger, rather than an appreciation. You mostly just sound angry.
> It's OK to be angry, but I don't know if it's useful to take it out on Gene
> Wolfe. Yours,
> Eric Bourland
> On 11/17/2017 8:47 AM, Marc Aramini wrote:
> Here is a kind of strange profile of wolfe at the top ... I suppose it is
> supposed to be a little tongue in cheek but considering that Wolfe was
> drafted and both my parents served in the military I didn’t appreciate the
> “killing babies in Asia” line even if it was a joke ... a bit tone deaf.
> https://newpoplitinteractive.wordpress.com/
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