The Uses of Fantasy
- Interesting piece that starts out in a Moorcock vein, but ends up more
positively, and which discusses some of our favorite authors. Seems to
steal a bit (unattributed) from Tom Shippey's thesis in TOLKIEN: AUTHOR OF
THE CENTURY. And, I think, the author misunderstands what Lewis meant by
"the merry foreground."
" One senses that unknown dangers are preparing to assert themselves, and
the closer they get, the dreamier everyday life begins to feel. This
sensation is the hallmark of the English fantasists: Evil encroaches on the
Shire, hallucinated blood spreads across a field at the Sandleford warren. "
- James Parker