[ilds] Answering Lea Stogdale

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Wed May 30 15:04:03 PDT 2007

Is someone going to put these "files" online for 
the non professionals on this list? Or are you 
just showing how knowledgeable you are?
How do you expect "lay" people to understand and 
Marc Piel

James Gifford wrote:

> Hello all,
> You're getting your daily dose of me as I work through my email inbox...
> Delete me freely.
> Lea asks two good questions that I think merit responses to the list as a
> whole rather than in part.
>>Jamie, did you ever hear the interview conducted with LD
>>by the previous  host of the CBC radio afternoon show
>>several years ago? It was out of Vancouver. Is this
>>interview available? Is it worthwhile?
> I have heard it, and I think you mean the CBC's "Durrell by Himself"
> interview.  I suspect it was recorded in Montreal, the only Canadian city I
> believe Durrell visited, or at least the only one he commented on.  I only
> have a poor quality recording of it, but let me know if you're sufficiently
> interested.  Also see it in this incarnation:
> Markle, Fletcher. "Teaching Your Characters That They'Re More or Less Free."
> Lawrence Durrell: Conversations. Ed. Earl G. Ingersoll. Cranbury, NJ:
> Associated University Presses, 1998. 99-104.
> Notes: Transcription of "Telescope: Lawrence Durrell by Himself," directed
> by Rene Bonniere and moderated by Markle. Aired 7 November 1968 on the
> Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
> --
> Lea also asks:
>>Was LD an atheist?
>>He has Balthazar say: 'We are all hunting for rational
>>reasons for believing in the absurd.'
> I must admit that I don't think this necessarily implies atheism, and I
> don't know if I'd grant LD that nom de plume (nor do I think he took it up
> in the sense that you mean).  We may all wish to believe in the absurd, and
> many of us achieve it.  I think Durrell was on a quest for the absurd, and
> it's pretty hard to be on a quest without at least an inkling of belief if
> not the real thing...  He may have been tired, or like Lancelot, some vast
> river may have blocked his passage, but if he was an atheist, I'd guess he
> was the kind that was hoping he might be proved wrong.
> As for being a Christian, certainly not...
> Best,
> Jamie
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