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ComicMan
May 06, 2022
In Gene Wolfe
I would like to keep up with the podcast again, due to circumstances I don't have access to my library of Wolfe works, except for the audiobooks and the ebooks. I own most of the short story collections, but none of them in ebook format. I would like to get just one to listen to some of the stories already covered and I was wondering which collection would be the best for getting a lot of the stories. I don't want to buy too many because eventually I will get back to my trusty bookshelf.
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ComicMan
Apr 10, 2021
In Gene Wolfe
I just wanted to say, I am very much looking forward to Peace, I have my copy ready at hand so let's do this :)
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ComicMan
Oct 04, 2020
In Agnus
Hey, I have not really had the time to listen to this podcast at all before now, I will try to make some time for it. I just wanted to say that I listened to the episode about your own research and it was really good! Your conclusion at the end about how the people really were impacted by these wars and that the people dedicated to saving lives were remembered for generations was deeply moving. You are absolutely right that it is hard to really situate yourself into events that happened hundreds or thousands of years ago, but it is important to realize that people had to live through all that. It is also true that we tend to lionize the conquerors and the warlords and whatnot, but in reality, we should probably be celebrating people like Orientius. One of the great joys for me of reading The Epic of Gilgamesh, and The Iliad was seeing how the central deaths in those works still hurt millennia later. There were people who contributed to those stories, people who enjoyed them, people who cried about them. I bring up fictional accounts, but it was really nice to hear you talk about two extraordinary people, I got to feel like that again. I also found it funny how Augustine wrote some clauses anticipating counter-arguments. I think we all know people who can talk the talk but won't walk the walk. Living up to your beliefs is hard so it is reassuring to know that people were always struggling with it, but also that there were always men of character and duty like Augustine and Orientius around as well.
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ComicMan
Mar 30, 2020
In Gene Wolfe
Hey guys, great episode as always. I have talked with you guys a few times on Reddit, as I said there this is actually the first episode that I have read the story before the podcast episode of it came out so I get to participate in the discussion as it is going. I look forward to your discussion episode, but I wanted to get out some thoughts ahead of time, I have also, of course, read what Marc Aramini wrote about this wonderful little story so I will address that too. - Are we on the moon? This point stood out to me, and while I think it might be possible I do think there is a pretty strong case to dismiss it in the text itself, namely Emmit. As you guys pointed out he actually lived through these changes and is still concerned about nationalities, and the Pendletons were a family of farmers with presumably some history too since there are branch families essentially. On the moon, I imagine someone being German would be a bit less of a concern, and the farming that Emmit is describing just does not fit with the story necessarily being set on the moon for me. I do still think it is important, and it won't be the last time for Wolfe to do something with the moon being transformed either. Rather I think it might have something to do with the classic werewolf mythos, as the moon changes (due to this becoming possible because of the genetic engineering) people are transformed into wolves which is essentially what happened in this story to the "humans". - Evolution vs Devolution(?) I think that in this story Wolfe is very concerned about the progress we are making and what is being lost because of that. Emmit is kinda tragically holding onto lost ideals while he and the rest of the werewolves have essentially regressed into pack animals who are more in touch with their animalistic side (emotions) and the masters with their reason and intellect. I think that Wolfe is warning us about losing people like Emmit while we are sailing ahead (this is something I also see in his writing about LotR which I highly recommend checking out actually) and the little things, as we progress things are being lost too. What makes the werewolves heroes? They live in defiance of this new society and while they are bad men they love their children so to say. I do think (and believe Wolfe does too) that the situation is more complex than that, after all the heroes are werewolves that kill people, and the masters seem to have a fascinating society too that I wish we got some more insight into. - Gene Wolfe was actually a werewolf, we know where his sympathies lie at least. He found a subtle way to brag about it in his writing leaving us only clues, but it is definitely there. And he kept getting away with it too! Anyways, I look forward to the discussion episode you guys are going to have, this is a very dense tale and there will be a lot to talk about I just felt like adding my 5 cents too. The worldbuilding is amazing and I would have loved to see The Hero As Werewolf the novel or something as well. I cannot wait until next week to hear your thoughts, especially the part about the Jungle Book! Just for clarity since I haven't followed along with the show weekly before. When do the episodes usually go up? This one said it was planned for the 31st but it was already up during the 30th according to my time.
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