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by P.A. Berman
Wed Mar 02, 2005 11:50 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #8 - The Function of Dream Sleep
Replies: 7
Views: 5902

I read this story last night, and it was an odd coincidence, because I've been having recurring nightmares that are so real that when I wake up, it takes me quite some time to figure out that they never happened (a metaphorical moth with teeth is flying around my room). As a result, McGrath's plight...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:25 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1976 - Jeffty is Five
Replies: 112
Views: 130728

I don't have a lot to say about this story that hasn't been said already, but I do love this story and I find the ending deeply painful, second only to the end of "Ahbhu." Like Mary, I wish I could swoop in and save Jeffty, protect his innocence and cherish him for what he is. The world do...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:11 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 45327

Brian, the idle rich are referred to as flower people because they quite literally take the form of flowers in the formz. Remember? Rose was the rose, Hernon was the obsidian flower, there was a celandine, etc. No one was alluding to the Summer of Love when they said "flower people." We were making ...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:06 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 45327

Hey, let's not make this thread about Eric, shall we? I think he does raise a valid point, in that descriptions of violence are a motif in Ellison's writings. I don't necessarily think it's more about violence against women than against anyone else, nor that it comes from some inner misogyny, but I ...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:05 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 45327

And, at the risk of pointing out the ridiculously obvious, any story about Jack the Ripper must needs focus on violence against women. In this story as well as in non-fiction discussions of our friend Jack, his hatred of women is very clear and obvious. Harlan points out the underlying unconscious p...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:26 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 45327

Eric, I'm not sure how I keep missing your point. You said "private obsessions," Barney said, "wish fulfillment." When you talk about an author's private obsessions, are you not pointing to his intentions/private thoughts/personal psychological fetishes? Is that not overstepping the role of critic? ...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:14 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 45327

Eric: I see that you're drawing a distinction between "private obsessions" and "wish fulfillment." I do see the difference (though it's a bit of a fine distinction to make), but it amounts to the same thing, which is looking into Ellison's personal life for the roots of these graphic descriptions. I...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1967 - The Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World
Replies: 84
Views: 45327

Eric, let's not fall into the intentional fallacy here-- I don't think it's a sound critical choice to attribute the graphic violence in this story to wish fulfillment on Harlan's part. Jack the Ripper did those things, so why should Harlan shy away from describing them? Wouldn't that be evasive, an...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Feb 01, 2005 6:07 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #4 - Alive And Well And On A Friendless Voyage
Replies: 21
Views: 14627

I noticed that too, lonegungirl-- the bit about stealing that secretary away from her family, setting her up in the fancy apartment, then leaving her high and dry. I wondered why that particular story recurred in both, and I admit to wondering if M. Ellison had a reason for including it in two stori...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:58 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: #4 - Alive And Well And On A Friendless Voyage
Replies: 21
Views: 14627

Why does Moth have to be the Creator or the created? He reminds me of Anubis, the jackal-headed god who weighs men's hearts before they can enter the afterlife. He stands at the gate and allows the souls to tell their tales and react to him as reflections of their own feelings about themselves. Afte...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Jan 31, 2005 5:23 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1975 - Shatterday
Replies: 28
Views: 38283

I remember the TV adaptation because I saw it when it first came out. Bruce Willis was Novins and did a good job of seeming haggard and desperate as Peter, and calm, cool, and pleasant as Jay. In a way, one sympathized ever so slightly with the fucked up Peter, who screwed up his life and couldn't g...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:09 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1975 - Shatterday
Replies: 28
Views: 38283

I think this story, like "The Deathbird" and "Repent!," is an allegory. Does Harlan tend to favor analogies as his medium? I never noticed it before, but it seems quite obvious to me now, as I think about it. "Shatterday" is the reversal of the evil twin story. In it, a...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Jan 24, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1975 - Shatterday
Replies: 28
Views: 38283

This story was probably my first introduction to Ellison, though I didn't know it at the time. I saw the ep on the new Twilight Zone, with Bruce Willis as the pro/antagonist.

How do people think the story stacked up with the TV interpretation?
by P.A. Berman
Fri Jan 21, 2005 5:27 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1965 - 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman
Replies: 73
Views: 104212

The Devil's Advocate POV

I have a confession to make-- I hate being late and I hate it when other people are late. I think it's rude and insensitive and selfish to waste someone else's time when you know they're waiting for you. Does that mean I'm a slave to the Ticktockman? Isn't there something logical, sensible, and posi...
by P.A. Berman
Thu Jan 20, 2005 11:19 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1965 - 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman
Replies: 73
Views: 104212

There is another theme in this story that just occurred to me: the idea of growing up v. staying a child. It was the comment about what type of person would root for the Ticktockman in the story. I tried to imagine who would take that view, and I heard a voice saying, "Schedules are part of lif...

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