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Luís
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - 02:56 pm:   

Yes, that was a pun. *groan*

Anyway, there's a preview of Leslie What's next novel at Fantastic Metropolis, here:

http://www.fantasticmetropolis.com/show.html?fn.preview_what

Cheers,
Luís
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 - 08:05 pm:   

Oh boy! After all these years they let me write a novel. It comes out in May in time for WisCon. Please, everyone, remember to buy it so they'll let me write another. (I'll remind you.)
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Mike
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 04:12 am:   

Interesting excerpt. I'll be looking for the novel in May, believe you me.
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Richard Parks
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 08:55 am:   

It's definitely on my list. Looking forward to it.
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 05:33 pm:   

So many books, so little time. Not to mention money.

Nevertheless, I'll be buying most if not all of the ones sampled there at FM, including this one.
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Maureen McHugh
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 05:44 pm:   

It's a delightful book and it's got that sneaky thing Leslie does where you think you're being entertained but while you're not noticing, it's getting under your skin.

Igor is especially like that.
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gunn
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 10:16 pm:   

I want to read one of the scary sex scenes.

Oh, wait. This is one of the scary sex scenes.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2003 - 09:12 am:   

Thanks for the votes of confidence. I know I need to write more books and not be so attached to this one but I do love this novel and am glad it found a publisher.

The Levitras ad is the scary sex scene. I've only now figured out that Levitras is supposed to make me think of levitation.
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Mastadge
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 02:47 pm:   

I picked up THE SWEET AND SOUR TONGUE today. It looks amusing. I'll probably work my way through it over the next couple of weeks.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 04:50 pm:   

Let me know what you think, Mastadge (even though it's too late for me to do anything about it now :-)

Let's see. Only new thing I have out at the moment is a column in the SFWA Bulletin. It's called Faking It and is about the how and why of how to keep going when you feel like jumping from the bridge. It's not actually that dramatic, but I have some embarrassment about writing motivational articles. I think I am a chipper/depressive type of person, meaning I'm either really up in a disgusting Let's Clean the Bathtub! or really down in a Isn't That A Bridge? sort of way.
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Mastadge
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 05:12 pm:   

I enjoyed it rather a lot. It was really my first exposure to your writing, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I got quite a few chuckles out of it. I'm Jewish, and don't know how that affected my reading of many of the stories; what I'd have thought of them had I not had my Jewish upbrining. But it's one of the few books I've read that I've passed on to my parents, and they've read and enjoyed, too, so it's a hit in my family at least.

Oh, and that sneaky thing you do, that thing Maureen mentioned above -- yeah, that's in there too.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 04:00 pm:   

Thanks, Mastadge. I had a moment of panic when a friend told me she was learning all about Judaism from reading my stories. Too much responsibility! Although I suppose it's better she got it from me than from Philip Roth.

I gave a talk at the synagogue on Loshon Hora -- the evil tongue -- the act of speaking about someone in a way that can cause harm to their reputation. "The Sweet and Sour Tongue" was not only a recipe from a Jewish cookbook (yuck) but a metaphor for Loshon Hora and my take on a Russian folktale about the best and worst meal (tongue).

More about Loshon Hora at:

http://www.chofetzchaimusa.org/

The Loshon Hora Mousepad at:

http://www.judaicapress.com/loshon_hora.asp

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Mastadge
Posted on Friday, February 06, 2004 - 06:33 pm:   

Yes, I'm familiar with Lashon HaRah. My aunt has a very prominent sign in her house that it won't be put up with there. Of course, the sign doesn't stop her eternal gossip, and aming all that talking there's a good bit of slander. And, whoops, I seem to have caught myself in the act as well! (Actually, I'm considering sending her a copy of your book. She tends to send me all kinds of Jewish and Israeli propaganda on holidays and my birthday and so forth, and I'd like to see what she thinks of your stories.)

There's also a midrash about Rav Shimon ben Gamliel sending his pupil or servant or someone to the market with instructions to get the best thing he could find there, whereupon the pupil returned with tongue. Later, he sent the same pupil to the market to get the worst thing he could find there, and again the pupil returned with tongue. Asked how he could choose tongue as both the best and worst thing, he replied that, "There is nothing better than a tongue the speaks good and nothing worse than a tongue that speak evil."

As to learning all about anything from stories . . . bad idea. Although it's cool if the stories inspire her to go and learn some more about Judaism even after she's read the book.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2004 - 11:18 am:   

Cool. I just checked my book shelves and the folk tale I recall is actually from Cuba and involves the African gods Obatala and Orula. The story reads about the same as the midrash.
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Wednesday, June 16, 2004 - 11:08 pm:   

New story up and running. This is the one I read at WisCon.

http://www.infinitematrix.net/stories/shortshorts/what.html

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