- Tapa blanda: 292 páginas
- Editor: Ktistec Press (2 de abril de 2015)
- Colección: Feast of Laughter
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0692397469
- ISBN-13: 978-0692397466
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Feast of Laughter 2: Volume 2 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 abr 2015
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If you love R. A. Lafferty’s wondrous and transpossible stories, you’ve come to that love by unmarked roads. You’ve made your own way into one of the densest and most crazily jigsawed mythworlds ever created—a body of work that nobody will ever see all the way into, and no two will ever see the same way. You’ve helped dig out a labyrinth, and it’s a joyous thing, but the labyrinth is more than the digging. This volume is dedicated to the observation that the fog of obscurity is ever so slowly lifting from Lafferty’s world, and every year it’s a little easier to find your way in. It’s dedicated to all the raw colts—the old ones and young—who are coming to these works for the first time.
Table of Contents
Inventions Bright and New: Original Essays
Working With Ray: My Experiences with R.A. Lafferty by Greg Ketter
Ray’s Recycling Rewards Program by John Owen
Valery’s Really Eyes and the Parade of Creatures by Daniel Otto Jack Petersen
“This Was More Than a Spectacle, More Than an Illusion, It was a Communicating Instrument”: R. A. Lafferty and Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Relational Form of Being by Gregorio Montejo
Through a Glass Darkly by Craig May
Exploring Themes From Catholic Theology in Two Short Stories by R. A. Lafferty by John Ellison
Late Light by Rich Persaud
Lafferty’s Monkey by Clinton Reid Claussen
Lafferty: An Appreciation by Patrick May
Question: Why? Excuse: Because Monsters by Rich Persaud
All the People: International Fandom
Seven-Story Dream on Terschelling by Peter Sijbenga
The Lafferty Centennial In Japan by Kenji Matsuzaki
Continued on Next Book by 7 Japanese Laffertians
Russia Discovers R. A. Lafferty by Sergei Sobolev and Yakov Varganov
Those Who Know Everything: Interviews
An Interview with Nat! by Kevin Cheek
Oh, Whatta Ya Do When The Well Runs Dry: Reprinted Essays
Despair and the Duck Lady by Michael Swanwick
R. A. Lafferty—the secret sci-fi genius more than ready for a comeback by David Barnett
Twice Beheaded: R. A. Lafferty’s Thomas More by Anne Lake Prescott
Excerpt from a Thesis by John Ellison
A Richness of Endings by Dan Knight
Introduction to More than Melchisedech by Robert Whitaker Sirignano
On Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas by Andrew Ferguson
You’re On The Right Track, Kid: Reviews
R. A. Lafferty Spins a Yarn by Keith Purtell
Strange Doings - a review by Stephen R. Case
Oklahoma Gothic by Martin Heavisides
Arrive at Easterwine—a brief review by Kevin Cheek
Task Force Fifty-Eight and a Half by Heywood Reynolds
Iron Tears - a review by Darrell Schweitzer
Iron Tears - a review by Don Webb
The Emperor’s Shoestrings: Works Inspired by R. A. Lafferty
Land of the Great Horses by Peter Sijbenga
The Honking Worm and the Gorilla Cheetah by Bill Rogers
The Waltz Macabre by Logan Giannini
Fourteenth Chambers by Noah Wareness
A Fisherman’s Tune by Daniel Otto Jack Petersen
What I Wrote for Andronicus by Stephen R. Case
Willow Beeman by Howard Waldrop and Steven Utley
Primary Education: Lafferties
An Interview with R. A. Lafferty by Tom Jackson
Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas by R. A. Lafferty
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What they are, however, is the next best thing: writings about Lafferty (Lafferty criticism is also very rare). A number of things are also rare about this book. One, that it's a book. A paperback with a beautiful color cover, that I'm holding, and that runs to around 290 pages. Volume One clocks in at 240 pages. Volume One was/ is a Centenary, a 100 year celebration of the author.
Now the madness is all out of hand, and here's Volume Two. V2 is already better, however, because the contents also tell you what sort of shred you're reading. Essay? Poetry? Story by Lafferty? (yes, each volume has a story by R.A.L.), story inspired by Lafferty? and like that. That's actually there in V1, as well, but at the end of the book, as if you have to go through all the treasure before you find the map Feast of Laughter 1: Issue 1 (Volume 1).
Lots of people would be fine reading these pieces, or this book ( this collection of these pieces) online or jumping blog to blog like a frog in a bog. Not me though, I only read physical books, so I'm glad these are one (or two and counting). I always wonder about the unread Lafferty (unread by me) and how to read it, and which stories or books go together (if any). There's a quite decent bit in here about More Than Melchisedech in that regard. I also wondered if anyone would address Lafferty's Catholicism. Once again, a couple essays answer my big question mark. I also wondered if anyone besides me would sneak Lafferty in as a character in a novel in a slyly unrecognizable form. No wait, I still wonder that.
If you don't know who Lafferty is, his short stories or one of the above novels would be a better place to make his acquaintance (though each of these two volumes does contain a Lafferty short story). But if you're starving for more about Lafferty, welcome to the feast.
But it is the truly amazing range and depth of the contributions in this second issue which is most noteworthy. Feast of Laughter vol. 2 begins with a section devoted to new and original pieces of Lafferty scholarship, ranging from personal memoirs from those who knew Lafferty, such as “Working With Ray: My Experiences with R.A. Lafferty” by Greg Ketter, to in-depth analyses of various works, such as John Ellison’s impressive “Exploring Themes From Catholic Theology in Two Short Stories by R. A. Lafferty.” But this is only the beginning of the further riches awaiting you inside, which include segments on international Lafferty fandom in such far-flung regions as Japan and Russia, not to mention the extensive number of Lafferty reviews and interviews that follow, and capped off by concluding sections highlighting young contemporary writers, artist, poets, and composers inspired by Lafferty’s work.
If you are a long-time lover of Lafferty’s unique language and vision, or you’re just someone looking to get acquainted with Lafferty’s oeuvre for the first time, this is a perfect publication for you. Highly recommended!