From: "James Wynn"
Subject: (urth) Re: Other authors Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 07:31:53 -0500 Walter Wangerin's "Book of the Dun Cow" sits on my shelves near to Wolfe's books. It consists of a Wolfean mixture of myth and theology (Wangerin is, or was, a Lutheran minister) in an "Animal Farm" stew. James Tiptree Jr.'s short story, "A Momentary Taste of Being" takes on the Wolfean theme of identity in a sci-fi story about the purpose of life and space travel. I add my endorsement of Helprin's "Winter's Tale". Like Wolfe (and Wangerin and Tiptree) Helprin's works are as worthwhile for their beautiful writing as for the story. Incidentally, Helprin was enlisted as Bob Dole's speech writer during the summer of the 1996 Presidential campaign. He wrote the "this is where I touch ground" speech that reinvigorated the Dole campaign. He shortly quit however because he got disgusted with Dole's insistence on editing his speeches until they sounded like the speeches Dole was giving before they hired him. Then the Dole campaign returned to its drifting death by mediocrity. --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.467 / Virus Database: 266 - Release Date: 4/1/2003 --