Jul 20, 2021
In Gene Wolfe
Hi Guys, I've been listening to your podcast for quite a long time, and have greatly enjoyed it. (I particularly liked the reference to Arsenic and Old Lace in the latest cast). I'm very much looking forward to your continued discussion on Peace, but I have a quibble. I believe that in your first two podcasts you've indicated that Cassionsville is in Kansas. I'm pretty sure that the state in which Cassionsville is located is not specified in Peace itself (Heck, Wolfe doesn't even identify by name what is clearly meant to be Florida in a later part of the book), so I assume that your reasoning is based on a mention of Kansas in the related story, The Changeling (in Gene Wolfe's Book of Days and Castle of Days). If you consult that story, you'll see that its narrator writes of moving out of Kansas on his way to "Cassonsville" after his release from the stockade at Ft. Leavenworth (which, of course, IS in Kansas). Do you have another reason for believing the town in Peace is in Kansas? I believe in an interview (probably the Larry McCaffery one), Wolfe said that it was modelled after the small town in Iowa in which his father grew up.