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Topic: Magnificent indeed

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Switzerland
Date: 12/10/2007

Greg, that was just the word that came to me, after finishing from interruption, in reading the Nobel speech you posted the link to in News, from Doris Lessing.

I never heard her speak so clearly, but maybe also I have not yet read the right things, appreciating her as I have.

I met a man in his 70's today, in a small cafe, a writer from Africa; found I can read two of his books in the open university library in Basel. It was a very interesting, quiet conversation, and I think he will like receiving her speech as well.

Greg, thank you. And I think you among others carry this torch of the imagination that builds us, yourself. I really value many senses in your work.

Regards, as you know.

Re: Magnificent indeed

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/10/2007

And here's congratulations yet again to Doris Lessing. Her speech addresses a wide range of our prejudices and failings, and offers a sense of perseverance and hope it is difficult to find when surrounded by opulence.

Many years ago, dining at a banquet in California with the adolescent scion of a wealthy family, I watched him load his plate with pieces of chicken, and from each he took only one bite, before discarding it. Perfectly natural for him. The rest was not worth the trouble. I hope he learned better.

Re: Magnificent indeed

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Switzerland
Date: 12/10/2007

Greg, I hope so too. Children are children, and life is long. But I think you've involved this topic often and intricately, in your tales of combs and professionals beside them, and especially the interplays of Mary Choi's friends and life, not to mention Cassiea's.

Here in Basel, there are some rich people, yes, but very many more who are anything but, especially in the quarter where I live. It is home to many of the 200 cultures who live here, and before that to the workers of the earlier chemical economy. The enjoyment and often fascination is in how well so many are encouraged to a decent life in the present. And it's been a good place to 'hide' also, to do some quiet work.

How do we make things better again? To me, Doris Lessing's engagement with the imagination of every person holds a treasury's key.

Maybe stop there. And greetings.

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