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3534Re: [mythsoc] Re: Article on Tolkien in _Salon_

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  • David S. Bratman
    Jun 4, 2001
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      We could use a little more of this kind of awfulness and not saying
      anything new.

      David Bratman


      At 06:41 AM 6/4/2001 +0000, you wrote:
      >--- In mythsoc@y..., WendellWag@a... wrote:
      > > The lead article in the today's _Salon_ is about Tolkien.
      > >
      > > http://www.salon.com/books/feature/2001/06/04/tolkien/index.html
      > >
      > > Furthermore, it's only Part One (of two parts) of the article.
      > >
      > > As I think I've said before, I've never seen another periodical
      > > devoted mostly to mainstream literary works as favorable to Tolkien
      > > as _Salon_ is.
      >
      >Unfortunately, they seem to rely upon Andrew O'Hehir as
      >their "Tolkien expert", and expert he is not. His previous article
      >was simply awful. This one is palatable but really doesn't say
      >anything new about Shippey's book or Tolkien. In fact, it looks to
      >me like Mr. O'Herir was skimming along as he wrote the review.
      >
      >Millions of people have read Tolkien. He hardly needs introduction
      >to the larger audience. It would be nice to see a review of Tolkien
      >literature which isn't eager to reintroduce the reader to a work it
      >probably already knows well.
      >
      >Has the well run dry already? We've got 2-1/2 more years of movie
      >hype and hysteria to drive the media on Tolkien-related topics.
      >
      >
      >The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
      >
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