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Gene Wolfe News and Rumors Logged by Paul Duggan

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Gene Wolfe has been involved with the Odyssey Writers Workshop. A dispute with some of the students lead to Wolfe withdrawing as a teacher, which Wolfe writes about here.

Jean Cavelos, Odyssey director wrote prospectively about Wolfe's (then) future involvment:
I'm excited to report that this year's writer-in-residence is Gene Wolfe. Gene is not only one of the top writers in the field, but also one of its best teachers. This will be Gene's first teaching engagement in seven years. He will be running the workshop for the entire fifth week, a rare and wonderful opportunity for students to learn from a true master of the writing craft.

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We believe that we invent symbols. The truth is that they invent us; we are their creatures, shaped by their hard, defining edges. When soldiers take their oath they are given a coin, an asimi stamped with the profile of the Autarch. Their acceptance of that coin is their acceptance of the special duties and burdens of military life--they are soldiers from that moment, though they may know nothing of the management of arms. I did not know that then, but it is a profound mistake to believe that we must know of such things to be influenced by them, and in fact to believe so is to believe in the most debased and superstitious kind of magic. The would-be sorcerer alone has faith in the efficacy of pure knowledge; rational people know that things act of themselves or not at all.
The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe.


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