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From: Michael Straight <straight@email.unc.edu>
Subject: Re: (urth) Wolfe's humor
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 1997 15:59:55 

[Posted from URTH, a mailing list about Gene Wolfe's New Sun and other works]

On Fri, 24 Oct 1997, adam louis stephanides wrote:

> This reminds me of a topic that I've long been intending to bring up:
> Wolfe's humor.  Most of Wolfe's work strikes me as utterly solemn
> (though there are undoubtedly things I'm missing); and his overtly
> humorous stories have, in my opinion, a lower proportion of successes
> than most of the other stuff he tries his hand at.  But I do like
> the humorous short stories "Car Sinister" (though I suspect I
> may be a minority in this) and "An Article about Hunting." And "For-
> lesen," one of my favorites too, is full of dark humor of the sort
> that Kafka was so good at.  Anybody have any other favorites?

If found FREE LIVE FREE very humorous, but it's been too long to single
out a particular passage.  I thought THERE ARE DOORS has some funny bits
too (particularly G. Gordon Liddy).


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