A Very Deep Secret
ven at vvcrane.fsnet.co.uk
Sun Sep 2 14:18:09 EDT 2001
I'm finally getting round to doing this mail properly. I had a little
difficulty with BT over my bill and the rotters cut my outgoing calls
off. imagine! Just cos I couldn't give them any money for a few days!
So, to recap, reading what Deep Secret had to say about magids
and writers gave me this compulsion to ask Dwj if she was or ever
had been one and to start a tthread on the subject. Diana's reply
having landed i then thougth it would be neat to quote it under the
same subject heading, for compelteness of the archive.
Not officially a magid, ever. But -- you know this sometimes
happens -- there are times when I feel called upon to do something
out of the ordinary, which felt as if it were part of a larger pattern i
couldn't see. Perhaps this is the way it really works and we all
function as temporary magids from time to time.
And this is the kind of answer I was hoping for, showing, among
other things that she was aware of this possible reading of Deep
The next answer was to a query about gnostic themes in her
writing from Kate and Alex. (gnosticism is one of these things I
understand fom scraps of information picked up here and there, if
anyone can do a coherent exposition I'd be grateful). The subject
was wisdom forgetting the task it was sent into this world to
perform, forgetting one's true identity etc.
I don't really know why (these themes recur) except I sometimes
think I have a task myself ...... and I haven't performed it yet. I keep
writing, hoping to get it performed. But I don't conciously put this in.
Fascinating. This has the same quality I get from John Crowley's
writing, that just below the surface of consciousness, or just
beyond the range of the senses, something is beating its
magic, if present, can do almost anything
Diana Wynne Jones
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