I have been taking some time off of intellectual pursuits and writing for the last several months while I gel – intellectually. Also, after Thanksgiving I will have an additional 25 hours a week to devout to writing and reading. So, I have been rather njoying a bout of laziness.
But, in-between time, on occasion, there should be no reason not to enjoy a wordsmith at work. So I provide a fiction and real life quote from the only original, R.A. Lafferty.
Should she not be a platinum woman, scatter-ornamented and beautiful, according to the norms? Or a shining ebony or a creamy chocolate? Should she not be adjusted and legal? Flowery and scatter-eyed? Should she not be of the multiplexity, nonlineate, a Scan, an Agape Apple, a Neutrina, a Pop Poppy? A Poster Coaster at the very least? Should she not be a Happy Medium, a Plateau Potato, a Twanger, a Mime, a Dreamer, and Enhancer Dancer? Are these not the aspects of a heroine?
Nah, she wasn’t like that at all. She was a Morning-Glory, which is illegal. She was a Gown-Clown, which is also illegal. She was not flowery, not scatter-eyed. She wasn’t even quite beautiful though she rather wished that she were. And yet perhaps she was, in another way, in an old and almost private way.
She had form. But was it not now bad form to have form? She had grace and face. She had a forky tongue and a willful way. She even had a measure of gaiety. She was tall and full. Her hair was midnight-black with green starlights in it (really). Here eyes were even blacker with deeper lights. She had a strong element of stubbornness in her, which is illegal.
-R. A. Lafferty, Ishmael Into the Barrens (1971)
And another from an interview from 1976. I took both of these from the Lafferty FaceBook page – the only Facebook page I look at.
At the world convention in Toronto in 1973 I won a Hugo (the highest award that the world can give, according to s.f. people). […] I’ve always believed that people should have the grace to die quietly after touching the top. I’ve put it off for one reason or another, but I know that’s a shoddy thing to do. There are even some who repeat the award, but that is in very bad taste.
(From Robert J. Whitaker, “R.A. Lafferty: An Interview,” The Hunting of the Snark 10 (1976), P. 12)