The Despair of Thomas Disch
once told Jody Bottum that part of the reason he quit writing science fiction was that, to deepen it into real art, "I would have to be like Gene Wolfe and return to the Catholicism that I barely got away from when I was young -- and I can't do that, of course."
That "of course" is heartbreaking. Bottum commented that Disch "never escaped his escape from Catholicism." And there is something to that. It's a sort of intaglio, defining oneself by what one is not; and one cannot help but be reminded of holes and gaps left unfilled. His suicide was a tragedy and a loss to literature in general and SF in particular. He was once called "the most respected ... and least read of all modern first-rank SF writers." He ought not have been.
|The Taking of Christ, 1602, oil on canvas, |
53 X 67 in., Michelangelo da Caravaggio,
|Niña con lazo y flor, mix media on|
canvas, 73x54 cm, José Manuel Merello
Impersonating the Person
- Idealism limits itself to consciousness "and its immediate data."
- Materialism limits itself to behavior, and rules out any reference to consciousness.
(*) As Heisenberg wrote: "What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.""Having lost its soul, its mind, and its consciousness, in that order, psychology is now in danger of losing its scientific standing."
|A synolon: sphere+rubber|
if it were alive