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Endzone [Sep. 2nd, 2008|09:21 am]
Tony Grist
time_shark drew my attention to Thomas Disch's LJ blog Endzone. and I spent most of yesterday evening browsing it. I wish I'd known about it sooner. I could have friended him and interacted. Now, of course, it's a closed and completed work- "deleted and purged" from LJ's server and housed elsewhere.

Endzone ran for just over two years. It's fascinating to watch this ageing writer of some importance as he adjusts to and settles into the new medium. He seems to have found it fun. Publishers may have been increasingly unwilling to buy his work, but here on LJ he could go on talking to the world- and have it talk back. Disch was ill, embittered and recently bereaved- and it shows- but he keeps on bravely and cheerily performing- tapdancing on the edge- and turning out poems like there was no tomorrow- until eventually there wasn't. The last entry- dated less than two months ago- deals, but not in any despairing vein, with the still topical subject of rising food prices. A couple of days later he shot himself.
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[User Picture]From: aellia
2008-09-02 09:24 am (UTC)
Writing poetry was his "good horse".
I like that.
I didn't realise that he wrote the "Brave Little Toaster" books for children.
I've always liked them.
Thanks for telling us about this interesting and troubled man,
Peace be his.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-02 09:56 am (UTC)
Yes, that's lovely isn't it, the "good horse".

Some of his poems are really rather fine.

I feel I want to read more. His early sci-fi novels are apparently regarded as classics of the genre.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-09-02 11:17 am (UTC)
The "Brave Little Toaster" movie is one of my favorites ever.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-02 12:06 pm (UTC)
I've never come across it. Shame....
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-09-02 12:34 pm (UTC)
Technical writers and engineers like it a lot. It's a fine movie, but the charm and delight are in the details.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-02 12:36 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look out for it.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2008-09-02 12:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry--didn't see that I was logged out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-09-02 02:02 pm (UTC)
Mystery solved :)
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