Re: [mythsoc] The community of scholars [was Re: J. Chance / Tolkien Encyclopedia]
- It's a lot of traveling from Terre Haute to California.
On 12/1/06, David Emerson <emerdavid@...> wrote:
> >From: Walter Padgett <wpadgett@... <wpadgett%40gmail.com>>
> >At the Blackwelder conference, I approached T.A. Shippey, just after
> >his presentation. [...] He posed himself and looked to the left and
> >shaking my hand warmly and looking me in the eye.
> >... I began a discussion with Jane Chance...
> >We talked for a long while, and others began to join us.
> >And then I started a discussion with Richard C. West. Nasmith,
> >Bratman, Foster (who I had lunch with), Rateliff, Garth, A. Smith,
> >Hammond & Scull, etc., they were all there. I actually got to ride
> >in an elevator with Arden Smith and John Garth. Can you imagine what
> >a thrill that was? And I hadn't even read Garth's biography _Tolkien
> >and the Great War_, yet. Rateliff and Garth gave me copies of their
> >papers that they presented on the spot. Bratman mailed his to me
> >shortly afterward. Nasmith said "Hi" to me! Really... "Hi." Mike
> >Foster introduced me, and I had lunch with the Heron Istarion couple
> >from New York City.
> And that's the great thing about Tolkien fandom, the Mythopoeic Society,
> Mythcons, etc. This is a small enough world that people whose work you
> admire are very approachable, and for the most part very friendly and
> encouraging. It's quite a participartory activity -- not such a gulf between
> fans and pros. The first Mythcon I went to, I did a quick count and realized
> that fully a third of the attendees (possibly more) were on the program in
> one way or another.
> Come to Mythcon, Walter. You can talk to presenters and panelists and
> share ideas, and you'll soon realize that we're all "just folks". Sure,
> maybe some of us folks are employed at educational institutions and have the
> time & resources & impetus to research and publish, but a lot of us are
> amateurs in the best sense of the word: those who do what we do out of love.
> David Emerson
> computer programmer, part-time musician, amateur Tolkien scholar
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