4957Re: [mythsoc] News from Ansible
- Jan 10, 2002
----- Original Message -----
From: "David S. Bratman" <dbratman@...>
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
> >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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