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View Diary: R.I.P. Tom Disch (120 comments)

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  •  I only read 3 things (9+ / 0-)

    The Genocides, On Wings of Song, and The Man Who Had No Idea.
    I got to watch The Brave Little Toaster a couple of years ago when
    I was substitute teaching.  I liked  them all (though I'm not sure one
    can actually "enjoy" The Genocides).  I had no idea that anyone could
    have this much talent and produce this much good work and still find everything going so badly.

    New York is chock full of millionaire managers of hedge funds and investment bankers.   Don't you think one of them was an SF fan at some time?  Don't you think, somewhere out there, is someone who liked this work, who could've actually afforded to help?   Or did the physical illness just make the financial problems (with the landlord & the insurance company et al) irrelevant?

    "You can't nice these people to death."-- John Edwards

    by ge0rge on Sun Jul 06, 2008 at 11:59:04 PM PDT

    •  Hedge fund managers and investment bankers (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Radlein, KenBee

      don't read Disch; if they did they wouldn't be hedge fund managers and investment bankers. His work is about as far away from that mindset as one could get.

    •  Talent and $ don't always mix. (1+ / 0-)
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      And a writer is usually only as good as his last book, or so might say the publisher.

      I would also doubt that someone like Tom would have taken charity; a writer want to be published, read and lauded for the work, more so than reaping big bucks, which most wouldn't mind but hardly expect.

      Tom never directly complained about his finances, but his health, negative reactions to his work, and getting screwed with or disrespected, those he would complain about, sometimes in poetry.

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