From: "James Wynn"
Subject: Re: (urth) Tut, tut, and a little history Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 08:56:58 -0500 Andrew gives an honest personal opinion (which is what I've noticed people usually do around here, but suddenly some people have gotten very sensitive and simultaneously thick): I thought of [Winters Tale] while I was reading the LB discussion here - specifically the New York stuff. I liked it when I was a youngster, but I couldn't finish it when I tried it again a couple of years ago - kind of flatulent and self-indulgent, though some of the set-pieces were nice. Crush responds: Flatulent? No, definitely not. Self-indulgent? Only to the extent that he attempted to completely indulged his imagination, which Wolfe is also guilty of. The difference is that Wolfe does not back away from where his imagination leads him, while Helprin seems to have consciously done so. As for the Delany/Baldanders connection, I'm still not sure what it is. Is it the castle? Well, I think that's just a rationalization of the fairy-tale Giant in a Castle motif. Wolfe has introduced a Giant in a SF story. Very cleverly. Just as he introduced Vampires, Ghosts, Frankensteins, and Werewolves into the Long Sun. I've only seen pictures of Delany, he didnt' look like a big man to me. But I'm no Delany-expert and Blattid (the reputed expert) has yet to pipe in. --- Crush --