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The Highly Abridged Quotable Readercon 21

During any good convention, which Readercon is, you hear people say marvelous, brilliant things. I know this, and still I never take adequate notes. But I wanted to but a few things down. Some are from my Moleskine notebook, and some are from memory (so possibly paraphrased).

"I spent the summer of love doing jigsaw puzzles." — Greer Gilman (nineweaving)

"The girls' journey is walking a labyrinth." — Greer Gilman

"You can track the true and terrible history of science fiction as failure." — Barry N. Malzberg

"I'd built this little house, with me inside. That's what we do." — Peter Straub (on writing novels)

"Remember when we thought we were creating art?" — Peter Straub (on book design, repeating a question asked him by an editor.)

"When I'm writing the book, I'm the top." — Cat Valente (catvalente)

To that last one, it was immediately suggested by several people that the built-in "safe word" is one's ability to close a book and stop reading.

There was so much more....maybe I can summon them from scattered notes and memory later, and add to this post.



Jul. 13th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: Peter Straub

It was late in the last day of programming, which was part of the problem. That and the fact that readings are often under-attended. Which, I know, is very odd for a con called Readercon.
Jul. 14th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Peter Straub
Sadly, I've noticed that with other conventions. I think the problem is that the convention is so full of people trying to convince others to read and buy their own works that it never occurs to them to sit in on someone else's.