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Further Reader Alert

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So now I will post in response to my baffled and irritated reader a sort of Key to the reading of Endless Things, though for all I know it explains nothing, and merely reiterates the disappointing puzzlements in a different way, but anyway non-readers or rather intended readers of ET might want to skip this too, unless they want to find out What This Writer was Trying to Say and then read the book and find out if I said it.

Comments

crowleycrow
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
How odd you should say so. I suppose it's natural to think that Kraft and his concerns and career would have been conceived as mirroring my own, but actually he's one of the most deliberatley constructed characters I 've done. I think ther;s more of me ion ROsie Rasmussen than in Kraft. His career had to have that shape so that Pierce could get the job of completing it; I was actually thinking of a writer like Patrick O'Brian -- or, to carry us back to the beginning of this Journal, of David Stacton, if he'd lived to be old.
joculum
Jun. 11th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
I navigated back to this post so I could tell mattboggan about Overlook Press' haiku context to win a pre-publication copy of The Solitudes, but am glad to discover this as a result.

I always assumed there were bits (only bits, but significant ones) of John Crowley in Fellowes Kraft and Pierce Moffett (as I had to point out to friend Ed Wilson that his Kentucky experience was simply parallel to your own, albeit uncannily so). And this was why I began to fear, seven or so years ago, that the novel being ambiguously attributed to both might have been set up to terminate in a deliberately unfinished sequence. (By the way, brilliant explanation in Endless Things of why previously published chapters carried the Bruno story beyond the point at which Moffett finds that Kraft's manuscript ends.) I never would have guessed Rosie Rasmussen as a major parallel figure,