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  1. Dave Hoffman says:

    Mike,

    It was a great visit. Maybe we can have you back some time, because I am interested to know what I think about the Silmarillion, and the rest of the Lost Tales corpus more generally.

  2. Mike O'Shea says:

    The Silmarillion is important, a huge imaginative accomplishment, etc., but I didn’t manage to finish the whole thing until last month.

    And I was going to ask you to read John Dolan’s review of the Jackson films:

    http://www.exile.ru/2004-April-22/kino_korner.html

    and compare his perspective to those of the “hard fantasy” authors you talked about. Dolan says the most valuable thing about Tolkien’s imaginative world is precisely what’s sublime — “high, difficult, and anti-real” — about it.

    Dolan, incidentally, is brilliant and nuts. Cf. his article “The Case for Nuclear Winter.”

    But enough.

  3. Mike O'Shea says:

    The Silmarillion is important, a huge imaginative accomplishment, etc., but I didn’t manage to finish the whole thing until last month.

    And I was going to ask you to read John Dolan’s review of the Jackson films:

    http://www.exile.ru/2004-April-22/kino_korner.html

    and compare his perspective to those of the “hard fantasy” authors you talked about. Dolan says the most valuable thing about Tolkien’s imaginative world is precisely what’s sublime — “high, difficult, and anti-real” — about it.

    Dolan, incidentally, is brilliant and nuts. Cf. his article “The Case for Nuclear Winter.”

    But enough.

  4. Mike — Thanks for a terrific visit!

  5. Frank says:

    We’ll miss you! Fantastic stint.

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