WOSSNAME -- MAY 2006 -- PART 3 OF 3 (continued)
7) LETTERS FROM ALL OVER
To the Editor:
I was cruising along the Logan Tollway yesterday at the 100k limit
and I was passed by a maroon ute doing at least 110. Then I noticed
the company name painted on it, "Wizzard Concreting", and just
shouted 'Hey, Rincewind!'
It didn't even slow down, of course, as Rincewind wouldn't.
A CALL FROM FAR OFF BRISBANE
To the Editor:
I have just enrolled here at the university and have become a little
homesick. I am hoping to find other students or faculty that also come
from Queensland. I am hoping that they will join my meetup.com
group "Brisbane, the Discworld and Beyond" in addition to this fine
University. It would provide another tool for this group to maybe get
face to face outside of conventions.
Hope to hear from some of you.
-- Wulfhure Daelman
To the Editor:
A while ago I posted a couple of on-topic puzzles. The first one
was about something in Nanny Ogg's Cookbook that mentioned something
that hadn't been invented yet, the second about which book was
foreshadowed by Guards Guards, Moving Pictures (or possibly Men at
Arms) and Reaper Man.
The answer to the first question was stamps - one of the sections on
the etiquette guide was about a young man asking a girl a question in
a letter, and the position she placed the stamp on the envelope to
reply indicated her answer. But stamps weren't invented until Going
Postal - hmmmmmm.....
[Ed:But you don't know when Nanny Ogg wrote her cook book.
Besides, with all the cutting and pasting of bits of time by the History
Monks, you should count yourself lucky that Nanny Ogg's Cookbook
wasn't written before they invented *paper*.]
-- Confusing Manifestation
8) WITCHERY EVOLVES
by Annie Mac
So the next Discworld novel coming out is another Tiffany Aching
story. Three for the hat trick. Unless you're one of those little
gooey green things that lives in a swamp, you're probably awaiting it
with bated (note spelling) breath - and with good reason. Tiffany
Aching, all not-yet-fourteen-years-old of her, is probably the
strongest, most multilayered, most superheroish Discworld character
since Esmerelda Weatherwax; I've been referring to her as
"Weatherwax: the Next Generation" since Wee Free Men first hit the
bookshops. She's certainly not the first highly intelligent,
contemplative child Pterry has given us (consider Good Omens and the
Johnny series), nor the first hotshot supernatural young woman
(Susan!), but Tiffany is something else again, an irresistible
combination of superhuman gifts and human frailties.
Witches Abroad, and even moreso Lords and Ladies, gave us an insight
into the character of Granny Weatherwax when she was a headstrong
young girl who had occasionally bitten off more than she could chew
and who was forced - or forced herself - into a lifelong position of
incomparable self-control: "Someone's got to be the good one."
Tiffany, on the other hand, is moulding herself into an equally
self-controlled uberwitch without, and this is the important part,
the underlying mild bitterness and longing-for-things-unfulfilled
that seem to me to characterise Granny's personality. Tiffany, with
her Third Thoughts, sees even further than Esme ever allowed herself
to do. Tiffany feels powerful urges to *do* and *discover*, and even
as her Third Thoughts are crying "danger!", she gives in to those
urges anyway...and then, being made of the Right Stuff, faces up to
whatever she has to do to make up for the troubles her giving-in has
caused. In my opinion, this has the potential to ultimately make her
an even more powerful *good* witch than Granny has ever dared allow
herself to be.
I mean, look. We all know that Granny has hidden gentleness in her.
We all know that Granny, for all her carefully constructed shows of
hardness and independence and can't-be-having-with-luxuries, does
have "finer feelings" and does feel occasional whimsicalness and
does, really, love. But what stands out for me in the way Pterry is
developing Tiffany's character is that Tiffany is embracing her human
side, working out ways to become a Great Witch whilst still remaining
a living, loving young woman. Granny had to turn her back on family
and active friendships in order to control her, um, cackling
potential - even her relationship with Gytha Ogg, while it runs deep,
is an arm's-length one; Tiffany continues to cleave to her family,
doesn't reject ~cough cough~ romantic thoughts out-of-hand, and can
be said to be actively seeking close friends and confidantes of her
own age. Granny has had to lock away her sensual, vulnerable self;
Tiffany, as we've seen her so far, seems determined to hold on to
those traits, and in my opinion may well become even more witchsomely
powerful through so doing.
I see both Granny and Tiffany as fantastic role models, true
superheroes. But where Granny represents the (admittedly admirable)
tragedy of utter self-sacrifice, Tiffany represents the majesty of a
balanced personality. "Esmerelda" means "emerald", and emerald is a
stone, a rock, a think of great and steadfast yet cold and unyielding
power. "Tiffany", we're told, means "land under wave", and the land
here is chalk - softer, warmer, more yielding, yet no less powerful
because chalk forms the bones of the land just as rock does. And I
truly believe, based on both the evidence in Pterry's books and my
own interpretations and extrapolations, that Granny approves...that
Granny *can* be having with this...and even, perhaps, that Granny had
been watching and waiting for countless decades for a Tiffany to come
along: a new, young witch who has what it takes to eventually take on
the mantle of the greatest, most respected leader the Discworld
witches don't have.
And just so you'll know, I've based these observations on the first
two Tiffany books and the already-available promotional blurbs for
Wintersmith, the forthcoming novel. I will talk more about
Wintersmith, but not until next month. Blessed be.
9) CALL FOR THESPIANS
CALL FOR THESPIANS
To the Editor:
I am an international graduate student studying
theatre at Towson university, MD and would love to
produce a Pratchett play over here.
The performance and rehearsal venue would HAVE to be
Towson university (North Baltimore) but would not be
restricted to Towson Students, anyone from Maryland
would be welcome nay, encouraged, say I, to
I have 19 years of professional experience in theatre
but I am still an amateur when it comes to American
and Americans!! Hell, the first time I came over here
in 1992 the woman in Barnes and Nobel hadn't even
HEARD of Pratchett never mind stock him. That said,
do you think you could assist me in this project? Please
write to me at: davidjglover@...
-- David J. Glover
Copyright 2006 by Klatchian Foreign Legion
If you did not get all 3 parts, write: jschaum111@...
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