yotg discussion (spoilers)
emcmullin at kl.com
Tue Dec 19 20:13:30 EST 2000
>"Yes! Corkoran reminds me (intentionally, I assume) of many of my
Innnteresting... I was thinking he reminded me of certain lawyers of my
acquaintance, but the lawyers tend to have a more social materialistic
"There is a slightly sinister element in the culture of
>computer programmers, and maybe scientists in general, which goes
>against my usual experience of computer nerds as basically friendly
>if occasionally socially inept (and I'll take that kind of ineptness
>over Laurel-like social eptness any day)."
I think my experience of our culture - and I will limit this to American
culture so as not to make assumptions and sweeping generalizations - leads
me to think that in many ways our culture encourages this sort of
object-focused, ethically inchoate, faulty reasoning, overarching schema for
interpreting the world. Oh, I dunno. Perhaps I am talking cheaply!
I don't know. It seems to
>me like DWJ has been wrestling with some of the larger consequences
>of powerful nerds for a while, certainly in Deep Secret, maybe in
>Hexwood. It's not a knock-you-over-the-head Theme, but it's an
>undercurrent. Like she's trying to figure out what bothers her. In
>Corkoran she's come up with what to me was a basically sympathetic
>character, whose flaws rather than his inherent Evil Intent make him
>a danger to himself and others. His outlook is not so totally off
>different from Derk's, if you think about it. But the subtle
>differences really do make all the difference.
Innnteresting point! Derk bothers me as well, but he knows how to love and
to delight in others.
If I say more I will be redundant to another of my emails and I have to go
soon. I think you are really on target about the wrestling with the
powerful nerds idea - what about when you can do incredible things that
others can't imagine? It really is like another aspect to enchanters, a
natural leap or continuation, do you agree?
Happy holidays to you all in the four corners of our globe!
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