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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 13:31:59 -0700
Subject: Re: (urth) Proposed Gene Wolfe Symposium
From: Lisa Schaffer-Doggett 

On Saturday, July 26, 2003, at 01:35 PM, Josh Geller wrote:

> Hey Don,
> How much would you pay to hang out with Gene Wolfe for a week and talk
> about whatever he wanted to talk about? I am really getting away from
> the workshop concept: since it is not conceivable that we will have
> enough money to offer any writer a reasonable fee, I want this to be
> much more fun than it is work for the writer. Few people will turn
> down an all-expenses paid vacation. If it is actually an attempt to
> get them to work for free or cheap, many people will resent the attempt
> and not want to have anything to do with it.
> By the way, I am discussing this idea with some of my friends and
> associates, and the feeling seems to be that it is an idea with
> some general potential.
> Here is what I would like to happen right now: people on this list
> who would be willing to pay approximately $200 to hang out with Gene
> Wolfe for a week should sound off. People who are willing to pay
> approximately $50 to participate in the electronic real-time link
> that will be set up during each session should also sound off, and
> would someone who knows Gene Wolfe personally please ask him what he
> thinks of the idea and pass that on to the list?
> Anyone who has any suggestions that do not involve doing something
> completely different in Chicago or somewhere else should also please
> speak and not hold their peace.
> Or we can return to wrangling over minutiae. That is always an option.
> J.

It's a good idea in theory.  I would imagine there would have to be 
some really strong ground rules to keep Mr. Wolfe from being 
overwhelmed, and there's the question of where it would be so that the 
most people could attend.  I also have my doubts whether he'd be into 
it.  If those issues are addressed, I'm all for it.  Maybe it could be 
coincided with some event that Mr. Wolfe is interested in attending?


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