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by P.A. Berman
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:50 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

I reject that. I reject it firmly, absolutely, completely. I think it's addlepated. You're entitled to that opinion. I think yours is facile and lacks insight. So we're even. It's like reading Oliver Twist and shrieking at Dickens for the anti-semitism implied by Fagin. No, it's not, because we're ...
by P.A. Berman
Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:15 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

Harlan made it clear why he included the picture. It's much like including a photograph on a child molester site. They don't publish nude pictures on those sites, Amy. And why claim to be protecting her family by excluding her last name and then publish a topless photo? It seemed like spite to me, ...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Apr 26, 2005 10:07 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

PAB , I must contest your latest argument, on three different bases. Shocking, that. First, you've no reason to believe that your tiny majority represents the general reader any better than my tinier minority. Yes, we all know Harlan, and we've all read a lot of his work. So what? Should I now argu...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

Eeek, and here I was getting ready to post in favor of Valerie. Um, the essay, not the person. Must be my masochistic nature coming out. I'm guessing that I'm just waaaay tougher to offend. What makes you think anyone here is offended? We don't like the piece and we said reasons why we think so. To...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Apr 26, 2005 7:40 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

The problem, Harlan, is when you publish, it's ALWAYS duck season. Our jejune interpretations represent those of the majority of your readers, I'd imagine, which must suck for you. Is your writing so obtuse that none of us can get the correct interpretation? If all your readers are the obtuse ones, ...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Apr 26, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

Alex: I doubt it, though you are right that it would seem much less harsh if the piece were written close to the time of the incident. When it's anthologized in a 50 year retrospective, it takes on a very spiteful cast. Add to that the picture, which was unnecessary, especially considering she is an...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Apr 25, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #11 - Valerie: A True Memoir
Replies: 73
Views: 38949

I think everyone has had themselves a Valerie or two, either as lovers, or friends, or family members-- someone who you trust when you know you shouldn't, and then when they take you for a ride, you feel chewed up and spit out. I don't think that is a gender-specific scenario, and only in the contex...
by P.A. Berman
Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: Suggestions
Topic: SPIDER Forums.
Replies: 28
Views: 34304

Jay, will you make sure there is no adolescent behavior in the SPIDER forum? And no limericks. Those things are dangerous. :twisted: But seriously, yeah, I'd like to see those forums become part of the landscape around here. They've been fun and enlightening. Thanks for offering to moderate. PAB
by P.A. Berman
Mon Mar 14, 2005 8:04 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 31736

No one was planning to go back and forth on it forever, Brian, and I doubt Harlan would nail it down either way. It's supposed to be implied. However, Steve said the sex partner of Surgat was dead, but she wasn't, and Caperton certainly suspected that it was Siri. That's enough to make my case that ...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Mar 13, 2005 5:03 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 31736

I dunno, Steve. Surgat leaves something on the couch when it takes Siri, something that doesn't look human anymore. Then we get this bit, "The demon had not been dining this time. It had been indulging in whatever passed for fornication among demons. Its love-partner was still attached. Whateve...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Mar 13, 2005 10:06 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 31736

I guess on the Siri issue I didn't really think it was a huge sacrifice on her part, giving herself to the demon, because I figured he just ate her--versus taking her soul. As she was already dead, it didn't seem as bad as say, when Caperton was threatening to have people killed for grail informati...
by P.A. Berman
Fri Mar 11, 2005 11:23 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 31736

The thing that really grabs me about "Grail" is the fact that, after Caperton sees his true love's face in the cup and knows that's as close as he will ever get, he also understands that that's as close as he deserves to get. Only that far and no further. That's a cool twist on the myth, w...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:49 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 31736

Harlan, Maybe you only found True Love because you stopped looking. I think perhaps it is Chris Capperton's foolish insistence that he must devote his entire life to this search, regardless of its effect on the rest of his life and the lives of those around him, that makes this story tragic. I mysel...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Mar 06, 2005 11:18 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1981 - Grail
Replies: 23
Views: 31736

Chuck, First of all, good choice of story, Chuck. After "The Deathbird," this is my favorite of all HE's stories. Like "The Deathbird," "Grail" hits on some themes that hit very close to home for me. The search for True Love has been part of me for a long time, alternating between passionate belief ...
by P.A. Berman
Sat Mar 05, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #7 - The Resurgence of Miss Ankle-Strap Wedgie
Replies: 13
Views: 7790

I finally found time to read this story. I admit it took several days, but it was well worth it. The ending was foreshadowed from the first minute, though I was pulling for Valerie Lone throughout. Yes, this was a tragedy, one of those small, human tragedies that is so sad because it's so real. I fo...

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