The Dork Forest

Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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Sep 18, 2012 8
8 Comments
  • almost two years ago
    JackieKashian
    thanks!! heh. glad you're liking it!!
  • almost two years ago
    Cindy D.
    So entertaining! Always entertaining but I found this fellow a very delightful humble braggart. (No offense intended!) Jackie, keep up the good work. And maybe have him back if he will. :)

    Oh! And I totally second his C.J. Cherryh recommendation! Have read both the Chanur and Foreigner series multiple times (and many others). :)
  • almost two years ago
    Todd Mason
    And here's a conveniently pertinent essay by the fantasist and heroic romancer Lloyd Alexander, "High Fantasy and Heroic Romance"...

    http://archive.hbook.com/magazine/articles/1970s/dec71_alexander.asp
  • almost two years ago
    Todd Mason
    Ah, but a Whole Lot of fantasy can be described thus. There is no mutual exclusion there.
  • almost two years ago
    Michael Everson
    Strictly speaking Tolkien isn't fantasy: it's heroic romance.
  • almost two years ago
    Todd Mason
    And! It's indicative of the aggressive monoglottism of so many Brits that they might force "Nanjiani" to rhyme with "fanny"...
  • almost two years ago
    Todd Mason
    Come to think of it, Everson clearly does read Lewis Carroll's fantasy, as well...
  • almost two years ago
    Todd Mason
    Always good to hear from someone doing for a living what their heart desires most (or at least apparently so).

    --I think I will suggest that to not read other fantasy because Tolkien Trumps All really is, at best, counterproductive. But at least it's also self-reinforcing...you'll never read other good fantasy if You Never Read Other Good Fantasy. http://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2011/10/ffb-special-beyond-and-alongside.html --essentially, Stuff Aside From Tolkien Contemporary to Him You Might Want to Look Into (written in response to a query of Jackie's) has now passed all but three of my posts in popularity, and it doesn't even have arguable cheesecake photos in it. The next most popular is sometimes fantasy writer and editor Barry Malzberg's interview with one-time fantasy and sf editor, and later bridal-guide editor and writer Cele Goldsmith Lalli (first to publish, at least professionally, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, Thomas Disch, Piers Anthony when he was still trying, and just a slew more). And, for the niggling fact of the episode, one should say the Western Nation of the Cherokee, when referring to the large group in Oklahoma...the Eastern Nation has its HQ in North Carolina. Though I'm not a member of either, I apparently could qualify, with 3 of my 16 greats being of that persuasion. (I know naught of the language, etc. Descended from the West Virginia Cherokee, who ran up into the hills with Scotch Irish so as not be forced on the Trail of Tears, and what do we do with the genocidal bastard who set that in motion? We put him on the currency we use most these days, the $20 bill. Well, Jackson had a decent Vice President to help wipe the blood off his jowls, anyway.