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Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 10:26:40 -0500
From: James Jordan 
Subject: Re: (urth) Names, human and divine

At 09:24 AM 5/14/2003, you wrote:

>I think I actually meant that *Nutria* suggested the connection with the
>Tree of Life, but if it was someone else entirely, please will everyone
>accept my apologies. (Including Joshua, who got called "Josha" for some

Yes. Twas me. But Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, where the 
original man-eating shark dwelt.
         But I'm hampered in analysis, not having the full text.

>There's the question, too, of how we come to read Baden's account. If the
>story is taken from the text of journal, how do we know what he said when he
>was on the plane unless he wrote it down? If he wrote it down at the time,
>then the journal at least must have survived the presumed plane crash which
>comes after the story's end. If he wrote it down later, then Baden himself
>must have survived the journey and the thunder storm.
>How likely is it that a journal would be fished out of the Pacific following
>a crash and still be readable? Is the story's very existence testimony to
>Baden's late repentance and survival?

         Well, how likely is it that Wolfe managed to find Severian's 
memoirs after they travelled the corridors of time? And Latro's journal, 
for that matter? Somehow, he gets hold of these things. No one knows how. 
He's not telling. He's obviously got some kind of inside track. Maybe the 
Outsider gives them to him.



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