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Absolutely fascinating responses from authors

Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by CJ, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Who noticed symbols appearing from their subconscious, and who saw them arrive in their text, unbidden, created in the minds of their readers? When this happened, did the authors mind?

    https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2011/12/05/document-the-symbolism-survey/
     
  2. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member

    now that was fascinating, how'd you happen upon this?
    it's not the usal click bait for Huffington post or yahoo News.
     
  3. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member

    Fascinating find! Some of the authors were full of themselves, e.g. Ayn Rand, Normailer, some tried to answer then became snippy Jack Kerouac. I liked Ray Bradbury's response the best - complete and advicerial.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2017
  4. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

    WOW!!! Highly unlikely that anyone would get responses like that today. Very impressive that The Paris Review Web site is on your reading list CJ. You and Maureen would have lots to talk about.
     
  5. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I found it on Reddit...
     

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