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Rec'd by Know It Alls!

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My story, On the Headmaster's Wall, has been recommended by The Know It Alls. Thus will I proudly display their logo, at least on this posting: 

Rec'ed by Know It Alls 

Actually, the recommendation came from the wise antosha_c, whose own startling work should have already been read by anybody reading my stuff.  Personally I am a fan of his stories Facing Backwards and  Four Weddings and a Funeral, and am avidly reading his Back to the Garden (in its tamer SIYE version, The Wisest Course).  Oh, and did I mention that his story Monster was the reason I started reading fanfic in the first place?

Anyway, thanks for the rec, A.C.  Considering the source, I am flattered indeed.

  • That's a lovely icon/logo/thingy - whatever it's called. You should be rec'd - it's a great story!

    And I second the admiration for David. He's wonderful writer and a supportive friend to other writers.
    • ...as are one or two others I could name. ;) He's been enormously helpful with advice and support.

      Thanks for the compliment. I like the thingy too.
  • First time I've ever head of that link. Thanks for the information.

    I also loved Monster. I do prefer his tamer fics. Isn't he an actor?

    On the acting front...straight from Interlibrary loan (where I work) I got a request for The death of the actor-manager in the American theater, 1896-1924 Yours?
    • Oh. My. God.

      There’s someone who actually wants to read that thing? I cringe now when I look at it. I mean, the points are more-or-less well-taken, and it’s reasonably original, but the writing, feh!

      (For the blessed majority of you who have no idea what Rachel is talking about, some masochistic antiquarian apparently as requested my undergraduate thesis on theater history from 24 years ago.)

      You’re going to have the devil’s own time finding it, Rachel. I’m pretty sure the Wesleyan University Library has a copy, but it’s probably non-circulating. And let’s see, the Middletown Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi has one hidden away in a spot I’m not allowed to name, and there’s one in the Lincoln Center Library (I had an uncle with connections). But listen (oy) – I have at least three copies knocking around here that I’ve barely opened in two decades. If you like, I’ll donate one of them to your library (and take the $5.95 or whatever plus postage as a tax write off), and then you can provide it to the sucker scholar with no difficulty. Let me know.

      And yes, David is much more of an actor than I ever was.
      • Very funny...I thought you would get a kick out of that. Yes, I know it's non-criculating. No thanks, from the patron...a Ugrad in theatre. He requested a whole bunch...your thesis was on the list. I first thought when I saw that "nah...hmm...well, maybe" I knew you were interested in acting. It's a thesis, right? I'll let you know if anyone else is interested in anything else you've written. Your name did jump out at me when I saw it.

        As for "feh"....I think you are a pretty good writer on any subject, but I did get a few chuckles when I saw that.
        • Undergraduate thesis, which (at the time) was required to get a degree with honors from Wesleyan. It's about 170 pages of typewritten (doublespaced) text, plus another 80 or so of Appendices and Bibliography. (And this was without a word processor and with a somewhat questionable proofreader. One of the readers actually commented on all the typos. *sigh*)

          The most interesting parts may be the three interview transcripts that appear as appendices -- I interviewed an official at Actors' Equity Association, as well as the then- Artistic Director and Managing Director of the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.

          The basic idea is that the economic and artistic forces that led to the decline of the Actor-Manager as a recognizeable figure in the American theater were already in play by the late 19th century, and that neither the Theatrical Syndicate of 1896-1912 nor Actors' Equity Association bears any direct responsibility for that decline. Page-turner, that one...
          • Wesleyan...the school in Connecticut? I think there are other Wesleyans Universities in other states.

            That must have been tough to write. All on a typewriter. Not to mention the research and the proof reading. *groan* You would think some students get it easier now, but they don't. We (at UMBC) have a very high retention rate among Ugrads. Some of them are so lost. It's up to the libraries to help them. We have made some improvements, but it still is pretty bad.

            I'm typing this on my lunch hour, so I will have to go. Facinating stuff though...

            • This is where I get to use my best Percy voice and be really snobby. All those other "Wesleyans" have a modifier before their names, e.g., "Ohio Wesleyan," "West Virginia Wesleyan," etc. There's only one "Wesleyan" that has no prefix, and that's, yes, the one in Connecticut. **Sticks nose in the air**

  • I feel like saying 'I told you so' - about how good your story is. Congratulations - I hope you get some more motivation/inspiration to write as a result.
  • Congratulations! Now doesn't this make you want to write?? :)
  • Congratulations on the recommendation! It's a good story.

    I have still to read Facing Backwards (*your* recommendation); I'm waiting for some 'dedicated reading time' so I can savour it properly. I only discovered the 'tamer' version of Back to the Garden on SIYE a few weeks ago; I'm glad Antosha is producing both versions, the SIYE one is an easier read for me.
    • Thanks, Brad. Do read Facing Backwards; as I said in my recommendation, it might not satisfy all of your H/Hr cravings, but it will satisfy some of them -- and for fellows our age, it really has a great deal to think about. While normally I don't recommend NC-17 chapters when authors say that it's possible to avoid them, in the case of this story the NC-17 chapter (which is theoretically skippable) is actually crucial to the meaning of the story.
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