Re: [mythsoc] Joseph Pearce on Tolkien
- If you had taken my "plain meaning," you wouldn't have tried to correct me by telling me what I already said. You completely misunderstood the context of the words "roundabout" and "relevant." And if you don't think that "winding your foundation garments into uncomfortable shapes that only a contortionist might envy" is belligerent, I shudder at what you might think _is_ belligerent. I would have thought you are the sufferer from projection, but I was not rude enough to say so; I guess there was no point in that either.
Lastly, since you allude to your so-called expertise, your last post on the subject of source studies was complete nonsense, creating distinctions and categories with no exterior existence; it deserved no reply and got none. And it is not just me who says so: genuine experts on source studies confirmed that my decades in Tolkien studies had not led me astray here; I will leave it to them if they want to say so themselves. But if I were one of those standing to the side of the fire-breathing dragon, instead of being in the direct path of its noxious flames, I would be hesitant to draw its fire.
>From: Larry Swain <theswain@...>
>Sent: Apr 9, 2011 5:40 PM
>Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Joseph Pearce on Tolkien
>On Sat, 09 Apr 2011 17:15 -0700, "David Bratman"
>>>"As on previous occasions, Larry Swain has so completely
>misunderstood what I said and been so unnecessarily belligerent about
>it, that there's
>no point in trying to clarify matters any further. I'm sorry I attempted
>to clarify his thinking in the first place; it's obviously impossible.<<
>Yes, the plain meaning of your words obviously indicates you meant
>something else. As on previous occasions, I deem this but projection on
>your part; it seems to happen every time you venture to comment in
>fields outside your expertise but well within mine. Apparently asking
>you to take my comments as helpful and informative equals belligerence
>in some quarters. Let the readers judge.
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I think your objection to Pearce, in that he did not mention Tolkien's
disavowal of something he (Pearce) stated as a fact, is on target. My
own focus -- which is why I early on changed the Subject line to remove
Pearce -- was on whether or not Tolkien's disavowal was definitive.