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by Jon Stover
Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: FOR WOMEN ONLY: Is Webderland Hostile to Women?
Replies: 89
Views: 4051

How much do the studies of AA take into account who's going to have to use AA (or NA) because he/she can't afford or can't get into a good detox program or cognitive therapy? I'm not arguing for or against AA. It just seems to me that recidivism is always going to be higher among people who have no ...
by Jon Stover
Sun Sep 17, 2006 12:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: LACONIV
Replies: 360
Views: 19348

Four problems. One is that Harlan on this very board has shown a penchant for telling his readers exactly what a story means ("Jeffty is Five", for instance) or praising someone for explaining exactly what a story means ("Mefisto in Onyx," for instance). That Harlan's explanation...
by Jon Stover
Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:41 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

Science fiction: more appealing to the high-functioning autistic! I'd think it's cultural far more than any prevalent disease among sf fans. With the entry of more and more women into the 'hard' sciences, I'd imagine the gender divide in sf will become less and less noticeable (just as it's been imp...
by Jon Stover
Sun Sep 17, 2006 5:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: LACONIV
Replies: 360
Views: 19348

I think the overarching problem I have with people who have trouble with unsigned criticism (as opposed to unsigned op-ed stuff) is that, having marked a lot of student essays in my time, I came eventually to the realization that the only way to be fair to an essay was to 'blind-mark' it -- that is,...
by Jon Stover
Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: LACONIV
Replies: 360
Views: 19348

Given that the criticisms rely on argumentation based on examples taken from Harlan's work, I don't see where knowing her address is a big issue. If she were telling uncorroborated anecdotes about Harlan fucking Isaac Asimov up the ass with Ray Bradbury's wooden leg while Jerry Pournelle pissed in H...
by Jon Stover
Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:54 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

I realize the meaning of patron has changed, Gwyneth, but I think David's referring to artists who created expressly within the old meaning -- ie. for rich guys who commissioned one to do stuff, a term used most frequently to refer to the rich guy who commissioned artists and sculptors but also invo...
by Jon Stover
Thu Sep 14, 2006 5:12 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

King's said on more than one occasion that he's a compulsive writer -- if he doesn't write, he starts to go bonkers. So his work ethic dovetails neatly with his compulsion.
by Jon Stover
Wed Sep 13, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

Red Herring Alert: 'speed' is separate from artistic capability. Shakespeare produced two plays and a number of sonnets a year for about twenty years -- a Kingian pace -- and then retired. So did a lot of other Renaissance playwrights. Lord Byron was prolific and a best-seller in his time, though no...
by Jon Stover
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

I don't think all writing is art, unless we're going to go with a very broad definition that anything made by the hand of man or woman is art, in which case the concept becomes sorta meaningless. Doc Savage novels are a lot of fun, but they're not art -- they were quickly assembled entertainments me...
by Jon Stover
Tue Sep 12, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

I don't think Garp could have dealt much with obsessive fans -- Garp was the first bestseller of Irving's career. So instead it generated obsessive fans... Throw some of this into the mix: 1) Harlan started as a fan, doing fannish things. 2) When you don't have enough fans, your books go out of prin...
by Jon Stover
Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:03 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1977 - You Don't Know Me, I Don't Know You [Ellison/fandom]
Replies: 72
Views: 11517

I suppose the other thing is that when the SPIDER forums stray into areas of analysis that Harlan disagrees with about both his stories and essays, he's shown a tendency to pop up and tell everyone what the story means and/or why a particular interpretation is wrong. Or in other words, Harlan's inte...
by Jon Stover
Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:38 am
Forum: The Art Deco Dining Pavilion
Topic: Pavilion Digest: September 2006
Replies: 0
Views: 7406

Name: Jon Stover Source: unca20061122.htm Ancillary print uses of the Guardian of Forever and/or Edith Keeler that I can think of off the top of my head include the following. One that I believe are still in print in some form are marked with an asterisk (*). The Blish print adaptation of the episo...
by Jon Stover
Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: LACONIV
Replies: 360
Views: 19348

See, two problems. If the "obsessive geeks" simply refers to who's attacking Harlan here, fine. If it's the world outside Webderland, well, that's a problem, unless Tor editors, oft-published writers and Muslim poets all fit the definition of "obsessive geeks." Perhaps they do wh...
by Jon Stover
Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: LACONIV
Replies: 360
Views: 19348

Rick -- I meant to add this earlier prior to the thunderstorm. I don't find the need to defend Harlan on the part of people who are his actual friends in any way problematic, though I think the content of Olson's posts is a little...lacking. The 90% rule he cites certainly applies to the stats on We...

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