(urth) tongue in cheek (?) wolfe profile

Eric Bourland eb at hwaet.com
Fri Nov 17 07:00:23 PST 2017

Yeah. It's not slightly funny. The kid is just angry. I'll turn him over 
my knee. ;-)

On 11/17/2017 9:57 AM, Marc Aramini wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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.
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>     Eric Bourland
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