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by P.A. Berman
Mon Jan 17, 2005 1:00 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1965 - 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman
Replies: 73
Views: 104211

I think you may have gone too far with Mree, PAB, but it's an interesting idea. But if you read it as "mrmee," as it is in the story, don't you think it's too much of a coincidence that the protagonist's name is "Marm, E.," and the Ticktockman is murmurring the syllables of his ...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Jan 16, 2005 5:17 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1965 - 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman
Replies: 73
Views: 104211

SJarret: No, the Master Timekeeper (none would dare call him Ticktockman to his face) is far too real. He goes by many names: Bush, Clinton, Kennedy, Ashcroft, Pearson, Mulroney, Martin; all the grey men who mouth the words but never dream the ideal, much less see the potential in its realization. ...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Jan 16, 2005 1:19 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1965 - 'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman
Replies: 73
Views: 104211

Barney, the problem is, Harlan can't go sit next to every person who reads "Repent!" and explain to them the meaning of "mrmee" when they wonder. If it's ambiguous in the story, then the author has to live with that, because if the ambiguity allows the other interpretation and en...
by P.A. Berman
Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:50 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Jan: OK, but you know, intelligence and wisdom are not the same thing. A person or being can be vastly intelligent and vastly foolish (as the Mad One is, I believe), or wise as hell but not a genius. I'd go with wisdom, which is, according to dictionary.com, "The ability to discern or judge wha...
by P.A. Berman
Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:55 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Some thoughts: I think the spark is more than just power, it's also the wisdom to wield that power righteously (hence the fruit of the Tree granting knowledge of good and evil; if you suddenly realized your own capacity for evil, wouldn't you want to cover up?). Brian: I don't think it's a happy end...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 8:44 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Micheal: I am not trying to be snarky when I say I have no idea what your last post means. In the world Harlan creates in "The Deathbird," the Mad One is a false god who gains control of the world. The true god of Earth, as you say, is obviously man. All it takes is the entire history of t...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 5:45 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Jan: I can see what you're saying now, and I think we basically mean the same thing. Reading your last post finally crystallized it for me, so let me try this. The spark is the power that we think of as being the sole province of God-- the power of life and death. What Dira offers is awareness of th...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 12:49 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Stack is singled out. He is the one who euthanizes his dog/god, his mother, and his Mother. In this sense, he is the real God, not the Mad One who is "playing god." He is the apotheosis of mankind and because he was there at the beginning, he gets to be there at the end. I also don't think that man ...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 11:26 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Why is Stack singled out? Because he is Adam reincarnated? I felt like the spark was something special that Adam had, which was passed down to all of us as his descendants but originated and was strongest with him. Perhaps I should amend my statement about the spark being awareness; rather, it is th...
by P.A. Berman
Tue Jan 11, 2005 9:23 am
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Jan: Is there any textual evidence to support your claim that the spark passes from person to person? I got the idea that Adam and Stack and all the incarnations in between carried the spark, but they are all essentially the same person. This spark is awareness, IMO. Think about it: what would the M...
by P.A. Berman
Mon Jan 10, 2005 11:08 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Rereading and posting random thoughts as they occur to me, much as I would if we were all in the room reading together. Pardon the meandering nature of this post. I have a lot to say about this story, so I'm just going to throw it all out there. --This story is framed as a test. Who exactly is being...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Jan 09, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

Other note: "The Deathbird" is the story that got me hooked on Ellison in the first place because HE understood that certain kind of love a person can have for a true companion. I never fail to be moved by this story. I used to read "Ahbhu" to my seniors during the short story unit, and I could bare...
by P.A. Berman
Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:09 pm
Forum: Literary Symposium
Topic: 1973 - The Deathbird
Replies: 78
Views: 97537

I have a lot to say about this story, but first, an anecdote about how my association with M. Ellison began. I wanted to give a copy of the story to one of my students, but I wanted to be able to explicate as much of the story as I could if he asked me. I could not find the words "shiverasse" and "r...

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