Post by firstname.lastname@example.org Post by D B Davis
IIRC, either LeGuin or Sheldon found it amazing that we can communicate
at all. Anyhow, back in the day, how on Earth did L'Engle dig up that
Given that L'Engle graduated from Smith cum laude and eventually became
a librarian and professor, AND was apparently interested in more than
one religion, I'd say she knew those names simply by being well-read.
(Of course, she also had the advantage of growing up in a time when, if
you were upper middle class, at least, being well read didn't get you
labeled as socially inept; reading a book before seeing the movie version
was perfectly normal and could even make you MORE popular. Not so likely
if you were born after 1975 or so, since VCRs already existed, but
luckily, I'm older than that.)
It reminds me of how my parents were atheists and my father was surprised
that I knew the story of St. Peter's vision from Acts 10 (not that I knew
the exact chapter), and he asked how I knew. I said: "what do you MEAN,
how do I know? I READ, remember?"
I admit my pre-Internet looking-up skills are slipping, but I remember
finding out the name of a trashy 1960s movie with a feral woman character
in it that I'd seen in the 1970s - "Mara of the Wilderness" - and I found
the title again in the 1980s, with no computer help! I don't remember how,
but likely it was in some film encyclopedia under "wolves" or "movies with
feral themes." Something like that.
Christianity). It's actually Sheldon who found it a miracle (and not
amazing) that we can communicate at all. Michael Swanwick writes in the
communicate at all. No surprise, then, that communication must
so often fail.