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Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 11:10:35 -0400
From: William Ansley 
Subject: Re: (urth) revelatory message/converting dislike

At 7:07 AM -0700 5/26/02, Michael Andre-Driussi wrote:
>In writing once again (no doubt seen for the first time by many) about his
>disappointment in TBOSS, William Ansley writes:
>>Of course, someone on this list could post a revelatory message that
>>makes me see the light, but I haven't been convinced by any attempts
>>so far.
>Ah!  I will steer clear of the more irritating aspects of this and focus on
>the more intriguing root of it.  It applies to William, since he wrote it,
>but it may very well apply to others.

I'm sorry that I irritated you, Michael, but I'm not sure how. Is is 
just that I don't like the Short Suns books or that I say so or that 
I am incapable of clearly articulating why?

>My question to William and anyone else who cares to answer is this: Have
>you ever received a revelatory message about a disliked Wolfe fiction that
>made you "see the light" and revise your dislike of it?

You have misread my intent in the passage you quoted, above. I am not 
"pining for conversion through revelation." In fact, I doubt that any 
revelation about the Short Sun books could "convert" me. It was my 
way of saying, "Since so many people on this mailing list, who seem 
to know so much more about literature, religion and Gene Wolfe 
himself than I do, like the books and I don't, maybe my opinion isn't 

Having put it that way, perhaps I can see the source of your 
irritation. If I doubt the validity of my own opinion, I shouldn't 
have bothered everyone on this list with it.

My apologies.

William Ansley


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