Stars/Sand roman a clef
- Hello all,
As all three of my lists have decomposed into screeching
matches between one guy whose boxers are too tight and the
world, I'll ask about my favorite SRD novel.
In Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand, Rat's three-minute
literary foray is not only a statement on the biased nature of
canons and the uncertainty of certain knowledge (the theme of
the novel), but also a joke. Now, I wondered the fifth or tenth time
through, is it also a veiled reference to some other works in
The page refs are to the red Bantam edition. On p 56, he reads a
huge, desertlike novel in which a poet is a secondary hero. Isn't
this Stars/Sand itself, with Vondramach Okk as the hero?
Is the 750,000 word experimental novel on p 47 Dhalgren? Isn't
that a fair _description_ of Dhalgren? There are other
references to things that might be Fall of the Towers and
Delany's critical work...what do people think? Given SRD's
fondness for inserting himself (sexually and otherwise) into his
own work as Muels Aralynde and other noms de merde, isn't this
(at least possibly) another such? And is the womanpoets
theme of the reading yet *another* homage to Marilyn Hacker?
Does Iva Hacker-Delany inform the figure of Small Maxa (I had
never thought of that till I wrote this email)??? or Alyx Thant? or
All comments are welcome.
Please, this is also to get us off the yelling match.
- --- Jim <jcomer2001@...> wrote:
= own work as Muels Aralynde and other noms de merde, isn't this
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- At 12:05 PM 2/1/2004 -0800, you wrote:
>--- Jim <jcomer2001@...> wrote:NH: Hell, I once asked Delany where it had come from, and had to feel
>= own work as Muels Aralynde and other noms de merde, isn't this
>Oh, I feel so pathetic that I haven't noticed this anagram before.
pathetic as he explained. Dang.
-Collection SKIN FOLK winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian fiction of
-Novel THE SALT ROADS, Warner Books, November 2003
- I took the occasion to give a scrute to Ms. Hopkinson's blog, and
followed a link to the essay: "Brown Girl in the Ring and White
Witches on TV (and how magic is just too racy)" by Ashok Mathur. I
have not yet read any of Ms. Hopkinson's novels so I will not comment
on them, but I do have a few words to say about this essay, which is
both clever and unintelligent in the contemporary English Dept.
(1) The (non)whiteness of Jeannie and Samantha in those '60s sitcoms:
the author neglects to point out that in reality no one was white
enough for these squeaky-clean suburbanite sitcoms, which presented
an ideal which few people were living. That sitcom world was also a
world without serious problems, divorce, white ethnics even ... i.e.
everything outside of the ideal suburbanite WASP mythical universe.
So I suppose in that scenario everything "exotic" is non-white.
Mathur's observations are clever, but his framework does not go very
deep. I grew up in a multi-ethnic blue collar Rust Belt city, and
for me those sitcoms I watched on TV were science fiction--completely
outside of my frame of reference--and that goes for every black,
Puerto Rican, Jewish, Irish, German, Italian, Polish kid I ever met.
(2) Mathur's remarks about the blurbs and characterizations of West
Indian folklore and the nature of Ms. Hopkinson's fiction--the way it
is pigeonholed--are interesting; to be sure, something to think
about. But . . .
(3) His final assertion that the embrace of grandma's folk traditions
represents some successful personal integration and ethnic/racial
assertion is really a piece of contemptible stupidity, a typical
specimen of postmodern multiculti lit prof bullshit. The liberation
from superstition and repressive tradition is the very hallmark of
the modernist perspective, embraced by some black writers, most
outstandingly Richard Wright, who has never been forgiven for it and
is continually slandered for it now--only by black intellectuals,
tellingly. Countering one ignorant mythology with another frees no-
one. What a shame the sorry lessons of Ishmael Reed's neo-hoodoo
drivel have not been learned.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Nalo Hopkinson <nalo@w...> wrote:
> At 12:05 PM 2/1/2004 -0800, you wrote:
> >--- Jim <jcomer2001@y...> wrote:
> >= own work as Muels Aralynde and other noms de merde, isn't this
> >Oh, I feel so pathetic that I haven't noticed this anagram before.
> NH: Hell, I once asked Delany where it had come from, and had to
> pathetic as he explained. Dang.
> url: http://www.sff.net/people/nalo/
> ng: news://news.sff.net/sff.people.nalo/
> journal: http://www.sff.net/people/nalo/writing/naloblogger.html
> -Collection SKIN FOLK winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian
> the fantastic
> -Novel THE SALT ROADS, Warner Books, November 2003
- At 10:13 PM +0000 1/31/04, Jim wrote:
>On p 56, he reads aI haven't gone back to the text, but I remeber on previous readings
>huge, desertlike novel in which a poet is a secondary hero. Isn't
>this Stars/Sand itself, with Vondramach Okk as the hero?
>Is the 750,000 word experimental novel on p 47 Dhalgren? Isn't
>that a fair _description_ of Dhalgren?
thinking that one of these books was "Voyage Orestes!" -- Delany's