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Conversation Hearts

Here's a nice thing  that came my way:  a rare review of my little book Conversation Hearts by Paul Kincaid at SF Site:


Seems long ago I wrote it.  Longer since I thought it up.


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Feb. 7th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
But not sugary. (There is a lot more John Crowley out there than I knew.) Trxx and her kin appear to share that Bradbury Mars formality of speech and simplicity of conviction. I hope it is true about the pleasures of disability.

Are conversation hearts those little candies that (used to) say I love you and Oh you kid!?

Feb. 7th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweet
They are. The book's a little hard to find -- a small press limited edition -- but might appear at some time in a new collection of stories.

For the cover, I wanted a picture of Raggedy Ann and Andy -- you will no doubt remember that they had candy hearts, with the words I Love You on them.

In the SF story -- I don't think it even got a mention -- baby Trxx is born without fur -- she looks like one of our babies, but that constitutes a disability where she lives. Context is all. (It is a little preachy.)
Feb. 7th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweet
It's also in my view more tough-minded about disability than the reviewer credits it for being.
Feb. 7th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
Following the link to read the review, I saw a sidebar reference to your teaching a course in Utopian fiction. I am curious: I am teaching More's Utopia (today, actually) and when I do that, I always ask students for utopias they are familiar with.

They inevitably come up only with dystopias.

So I am curious what utopias you teach. (I can think of a few, but my students apparently can't.)
Feb. 7th, 2012 01:17 pm (UTC)
I taught that course only once -- the first course I taught at Yale, in something called the College Seminars program, where non-Yale (and non-credentialed) people offered courses that the various colleges chose from. I probably included far too much -- More, then Campanella's City of the Sun, on to selections from Fourier, then Bellamy, H.G. Wells's A Modern Utopia, and to fiction -- The Dispossessed and We. I also had them pick a utopian book to write a paper on, so I have a list of those -- they ranged from Herland to Lost Horizon to Ecotopia. I can understand your problem -- who now believes in utopia? My book of essays called In Other Words (Subterranean Press) has an essay about Utopia that was sort of the rationale of the course. (As a Yale lecturer I can't teach the course -- I can't teach literature, or theory, only writing.)
Feb. 7th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
Send me an email at john.crowley@yale.edu and I can maybe figure out how to send you a syllabus (the class was so long ago that much of the stuff was on PAPER.)
Feb. 8th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Dear Mr Crowley! You gave me so many magical moments with your books. Their spanish versions were my companion in some trips around the world, where, you know, it feels like a stranger wherever you go.
Thanks so much.
Feb. 9th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Delighted to hear form you, and glad to have given pleasure. I always trusted my Spanish translators.
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