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David Loftus redux

Postby David Loftus » Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:24 am

Well, gang, here we are again.

I think I’ve been active on this board for less than 2 years. Though I’ve been visible on Webderland going back much longer (I remember the great horsefly logo that used to grace the top of our merry debates), I came late to this locale.

I won’t repeat the stories of how I discovered Ellison’s work (you can find that in the intro to my close reading of Deathbird Stories, on Webderland via the Bibliography and Ellison Reviews links), or my 1985 “non-interview” of him over the phone from Boston, which you can find on my Web site along with a couple of nifty photos I have taken of the man:

http://www.david-loftus.com/People/ellison.html

Longtime vets know that I proofread and fact-checked Slippage and Edgeworks III after the typographical disasters of the first two White Wolf volumes, so you can find my name in the acknowledgements of both of those books. I am currently indexing the two volumes of the Glass Teat columns for the fourth edition to be published by Charnel House next year.

You can out about many of my other activities as a writer, performing reader, and actor on other board threads such as “Story Time for Grownups” and “Shakespeare Forever,” so I’ll merely add the following trivia:

1. Native of Oregon with a two-year sojourn in Europe as a kid and a 10-year layover in Boston as a young adult
2. Have sung in chamber and symphonic choirs
3. Long-time performing folk dancer (Scandinavian and English morris)
4. Japanese and Norwegian heritage
5. Was knifed and jailed, and entered a house at gunpoint, one summer in Louisiana
6. Along with Ellison, am a big fan of John Fowles, Gentle Giant, Jules Feiffer, Bartok and Stravinsky, Fats Waller, and Kurosawa
7. Am likely the one person on the planet who has read Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, out loud, cover to cover, FOUR times
8. Though not an autograph hound, I happen to have the signatures of W.H. Auden, The Who (post-Moon), Leonard Nimoy, Robert Coles, A.M. Homes, Sam Ervin, Wernher von Braun, and LOTS of Ellisons and Feiffers in my collection
9. Author of a book about men and pornography
10. Live in Portland, Oregon with my wife Carole Barkley, rat terrier Peaches and black cat Seki-Tan
War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off. - Karl Kraus

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Postby FrankChurch » Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:30 pm

Two years? You have been here since at least 2001.

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Postby Douglas Harrison » Sat Sep 09, 2006 3:47 pm

FrankChurch wrote:Two years? You have been here since at least 2001.


And then David's head exploded.

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Postby David Loftus » Mon Sep 11, 2006 10:43 am

FrankChurch wrote:Two years? You have been here since at least 2001.



Ummm . . . just how do you know this?
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Postby Jan » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:33 am

Frank just "knows" things, you dummy. ;-)

BTW, Europe is not a country. You wouldn't say, you had a two-year sojourn in Asia, would you?

Always amused by American habits,

Jan ;-)

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Postby Jan » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:38 am

BTW, Frank: David waited for me to join, and then he made his decision based on that, but both of us had been hanging around for a while.

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Postby David Loftus » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:54 am

Jan wrote:BTW, Europe is not a country.


Did I ever say it was?


Jan wrote:You wouldn't say, you had a two-year sojourn in Asia, would you?


Certainly I would, if I had traveled in so many countries that I didn't feel like typing them all out. I lived in Germany; I sojourned in Europe.

Here is a more detailed listing of what was covered in that phrase: ". . . with a two-year sojourn in Spain, Portugal, France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, Greece, Italy, and Monaco . . ."


Jan wrote:Always amused by American habits,


Sometimes amused, more often exasperated, by other people's tendency to misread what I usually write very carefully and precisely.
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Postby Jan » Mon Sep 11, 2006 1:10 pm

David, I didn't misread, just wanted to find out what was hiding behind it. Not bad, you've been all over the Western parts, how cool is that. (And in the space of only two years, too.)

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Postby Jono » Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:15 pm

From your interview:

"Although he is now fifty years old"

Maybe there's enough water under the bridge for you to have a kick at that can again.

And you forgot to mention that you're an award-winning collector of Ellisonia as well! :)
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Postby David Loftus » Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:18 pm

Jan wrote:David, I didn't misread, just wanted to find out what was hiding behind it.


Well, you could simply ask, instead of posting a correction and comment that came across the ether as condescension.


Jan wrote:Not bad, you've been all over the Western parts, how cool is that. (And in the space of only two years, too.)


That was way back when. I've since been to some of the Greek Islands (Santorini/Thera and Andros) as well as the Estonia and St. Petersburg trip, Okinawa, and the five-country tour of West Africa mentioned elsewhere.
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Postby David Loftus » Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:20 pm

Jono wrote:From your interview:

"Although he is now fifty years old"

Maybe there's enough water under the bridge for you to have a kick at that can again.


Believe me, I'm working on something in that vein.


Jono wrote:And you forgot to mention that you're an award-winning collector of Ellisonia as well! :)


Well, I would have . . . but I never got the award.

I've gone wild on eBay in the past eight weeks and increased my Ellison collection by more than two dozen items!
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Postby Jono » Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:43 pm

Yeah, I know - me neither. But HE's said he's aware of it and just think: You could have another copy of something you already have, but instead you have the delicious knowledge that Harlan owes you one! 8)

And you're right: there has been some veddy tempting stuff floating about!
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Postby Jono » Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:55 pm

Two dozen? TWO DOZEN! RATZENFRATZ!

When in hell is that poster of Harlan's portrait done in type going to show up! I've got to get going for the next round of the contest!
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Postby Jan » Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:20 pm

David, you know very well that I hate being precise and simple. :-) At least I no longer use you as my straight guy, so you have to give me SOME credit.

Portland must be great, when I was younger, I used to want to kill my mother for turning us around before we reached Oregon on our vacation. I believe now you're getting more and more acid rain and airborne mercury from China.

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Postby FrankChurch » Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:22 pm

Loftus is a different kind of name, I know that you have been here about as long as I have. And, if you go into the old posts, you see David Loftus there.


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