tomsdisch (tomsdisch) wrote,
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This journal has been placed in memorial status. New entries cannot be posted to it.

Ding-Dong! the witch is dead!

Which old witch? Algis Budrys! Ding-Dong indeed! He was 77. What a long wait it's been. I was certain I would beat him to the exit, but no I get to dance on his grave. He wrote a (would-be) killer review of my first novel The Genocides, which proves (1) that I am a nihilist, and (2) that I was the sedulous ape of J.G. Ballard, who may be blamed for most of my failings. For the next five or six years he bad-mouthed me at every opportunity and only laid off when he found himself lapping me the Clarion workshop in Michigan at yearly intervals. At Clarion he seemed to me as obnoxious as he did in print, always being armed with old LP "comedy" records so that at the party that marked his departure/my arrival we would all have the opportunity to sit down and listen to His records. He had the instincts of a tsar and in his twilight years he did his best to turn SF into a fiefdom of Scientology with himself as Patriarch. Ding-dong, the man is dead, and as Brutus said the Good lives after, and we can just inter the crappy, larger remnant. He was a mean, envious, fat old diabetic, but there are those who might say the same of me. They can do so here, if they like.

But again I say: Ding Dong!
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