From: maa32 <email@example.com> Subject: Nerd? Artisan? PEACE!? Date: Fri, 04 Jan 2002 19:45:19 -0700 Andy R wrote: > Wolfe is what we call a Nerd, in this decadent age, and in a better one would call an Artisan. His interest is in working quietly, cunningly, and well; his hope is to be ruled by a true and good King; and his nearest self image (in his works) is the protagonist of PEACE. This is obvious from his books. Severian is no self-image of Wolfe: I never read a less convincing portrayal of the interior monologue of and aggressive and sexually violent man. Silk, celibate and constantly suffering for his high status, is something Wolfe is much happier with. > I cannot agree with you on your characterization of a nerdy celibate, especially from PEACE. Weer molests an underage girl! He calls sex absolutely ordinary, going on all the time. Come on, all Wolfe's females are close to hookers (some are sympathetic hookers). I think that Severian's interior monologue is a good representation of an aggressive man (and maybe a sexually violent man) because, let's face it, he doesn't think about it that much, he just does it, and I think that is pretty realistic. Do you think Mike Tyson thinks about anything when he beats the crap out of people or molests them? (here about that thing in Cuba over New Years?) He doesn't even remember the rules of boxing while he's in the ring. Just think of Mike Tyson telling you about his experience in the brothel where the girl said she'd scream and he knew there was nobody around, and I think you'll come close to what you get in that scene in Shadow of the Torturer.