About when I think it’s time to retire the old email for good, as it mostly delivers spam whose algorithm is clearly confused, someone uses it for the only reason anyone should. Ransom contacted me to ask some questions about Sorcerer which led to this conversation. They were pretty deep questions, including positions regarding the occult and general thematic or intentional issues.
In our emails before setting up to talk, I asked that we keep our eye on the differences among these topics: (i) personal convictions and questions, (ii) fiction as expression about important things, and (iii) role-playing as a creative medium. That worked out well overall, although during the first fifteen minutes, I managed to wander off into the weeds about fantasy fiction, which I don’t think helped the conversation, so try not to get distracted by it.
I hope I don’t contribute to that distraction when I try to clarify here: in the 1990s, I wanted to counteract the neutralizing of fantasy overall and of Howard’s legacy in particular, which had been buried under a mound of Hollywood. At the time, it seemed insurmountable; today’s re-publications and scholarship which separate and explain the difference between the original work and its multiple co-options didn’t exist then.
But back to reality: please ask or develop anything you’d like from this conversation. I think it’s a good opportunity.