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  • David E. Cote
    Jan 10, 2002
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      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "David S. Bratman" <dbratman@...>
      To: <mythsoc@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2002 6:47 PM
      Subject: [mythsoc] News from Ansible


      > Selected Tolkien-related items from the January issue of Ansible, the
      > science-fiction fan newsletter. (Full text at www.ansible.co.uk). Any
      > comments?

      Yup.

      > >wandering off the leprechauns and wizards. [...] It's the last fucking
      > >unicorn opera I watch in a long while. Frankly, _Star Wars_ was a lot
      > >more convincing and I thought that was crap, too.'

      Charming, and discerning too. How nice.

      > >RANDOM FANDOM. _Paul Rood_ spied on a
      > >celebrity signing tour: `_Random Shopper 1_, spotting all the signs and
      > >the big queue snaking around the block: "Terry Pratchett? Who's he,
      > >then?" _Random Shopper 2:_ "Oh, you know, he's quite famous -- he's the
      > >guy who wrote _The Hobbit_".'

      Which phenomenon may help to explain the following:

      > >QUOTABLE. Terry Pratchett updated an old saying while appearing on the
      > >_South Bank Show_: `At 17, if you don't think _Lord of The Rings_ is the
      > >greatest contribution to literature there's something wrong with your
      > >head. If you still think that at 50, there's definitely something wrong
      > >with your head.'

      I will try to hide my shame. I like Pratchett, but his criticizing
      Tolkien is talent criticizing genius.

      What a straw man.
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