Thursday, May 08, 2008
Talking Pathetic Fallacy Blues, a.k.a. Gary
And here I was, so sure Lawrence’s post would be about that scene in Willingham’s Jack of Fables in which Jack meets the Pathetic Fallacy, a morose, balding entity capable of bringing things to anthropomorphic life - who wants to be known as ‘Gary’, or possibly ‘Lance’.
I don’t understand. Is he supposed to look like Tom Wolfe?
I can’t honestly say I think Gary, the Pathetic Fallacy, is one of Willingham’s finer moments. He does look like Tom Wolfe, yes you are right. But no, he isn’t supposed to be him.
Thought he looked like Christopher Hitchens - just the terrible hair, I guess.
Glad to see that you picked up Willingham - I’m particularly fond of Mr. Revise, Gary/Lance/PF’s grandfather, and his task to render impotent all the old tales - he seems to be a kind of Grand Inquisitor of the stories, driven by the saintly-satanic-straussian urge to spare the muggles from the terrible truths found in literary fiction.
If you can’t find noble lies in literature, where else are you gonna catch ‘em?