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From: "Kevin J. Maroney" <kmaroney@crossover.com>
Subject: Re: (whorl) Clute
Date: Sat, 06 Nov 1999 13:01:33 

At 11:19 PM 11/5/99 -0800, Nick Gevers wrote:
>His innovative, if sometimes contorted,
>writing has vastly enriched SF criticism, not only
>because of his cogent insights, but because he has
>unlocked a critical vocabulary equal to the complete
>expression of those insights. 

He has, but I think that alga was correct in pointing out that his
convolutions sometimes serve the work poorly. The diction and content which
are appropriate when one is writing a review for a general audience who
might or might not have read the work are not the same as those appropriate
for an informed audience, and I think that alga properly pegged Clute as
having used the latter in a work targetted at the former, to his detriment. 

Wombat, a.k.a. Kevin Maroney kmaroney@crossover.com
Kitchen Staff Supervisor, New York Review of Science Fiction

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