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15223Venus on the Half Shell

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  • Mike Foster
    Jul 5, 2005
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      That was written by Peoria's own Phillip Jose Farmer, using [with
      grudging permission] the "Kilgore Trout" character created by Kurt
      Vonnegut, Jr. as by nom de plume.

      Lezlie wrote:

      >Hi--
      >The books the kids I'm teaching at the Summer Institute for the Gifted
      >are things like Eragon, Narnia (because of the movie). They are
      >eagerly awaiting "Harry Potter". They have also "discovered"
      >Earthesea-- and are riveted. They range from 4th to 8th grade. I
      >assigned my 8th graders some Kipling- they are enjoying it.
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      >I read a lot of Andre Norton, Anne MacAffrey -- the general "classics"
      >of the SF genre: Heinlien, Asimov, Clark and the like as a teen. In
      >college I remember reading things like "Siddhartha", some James Joyce,
      >Stendahl, Goethe, and a little of the Russians. I "tried* to read
      >"Naked Lunch", "The Crying of Lot 49" and "Venus on a Half Shell" but
      >found them mostly boring. (All my contemporaries were ga-ga over
      >"gonzo journalism" and people like Pinchon & Vonnegut at the time...)
      >I discovered W.B. Yeats in my junior year of college, and never put
      >him down. Tolkien in the 10th grade, and never put him down again,
      >either.
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      >I had a brief foray into mysteries that still tempt me now and then.
      >Fantasy isn't respectable or hip-- that's probably why I liked it in
      >the first place, now it's just what I enjoy the most. Hope this
      >helps-- Lezlie
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      >The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
      >Yahoo! Groups Links
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