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From: "Fr.Inire" <inire@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: (urth) TBOTNS FAQ
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 15:54:18 

--- "William H. Ansley" <wansley@warwick.net> wrote:
> Christy <cglst7+@pitt.edu> wrote:
> >
> >Is it the duty of the FAQ to initiate one into the
> "mysteries" of TBOTNS?
> >Or to initiate one into the method of reading Gene
> Wolfe?
> Neither. A FAQ is a list of frequently asked
> questions and their answers.
> It is a device invented to prevent people from
> posting the same question
> over and over in a newsgroup (at which task is has
> generally been a notable
> failure) and to relieve other people from having to
> reply with the same
> answer over and over or ignore the question (at
> which task it is a fair
> success; of course the response, "read the FAQ" must
> be posted over and
> over, but this is a lot less effort).

	But I can see where Christy may have gotten that idea
from the 'debate' so far (as i read it, anyway). The
FAQ is starting to sounds like a episode of Dueling
Dogmas for the list and Wolfean knowledge, and not
really an expansive attempt to help experts and
neophytes alike gain some context or coherency when
they have a question about some twist or turn or
> What you are talking about, Christy, is not a FAQ. I
> would say it sounds
> like a books or at least a collection of essays.
> Perhaps it is mantis's
> book; I don't know if he covers all the ground you
> mention, I haven't yet
> decided to buy a copy. If it does, perhaps mantis
> would provide us with a
> group discount and send a copy to everyone on this
> list (lurkers included)
> <G>.
THAT is an excellent idea. I already have my copy,
natch ;->, but it is a useful and comprehensive
listing. Philosophy and generalities are not it's
strength, but for anyone who took the time to sign up
for this list, it is required (IMNSHO).

Jeff "My dice hate me!" Miller
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