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Message started by Jeangoldstrom on Dec 3rd, 2011, 9:22pm

Title: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Jeangoldstrom on Dec 3rd, 2011, 9:22pm

Everyone who understood this story, please raise your hand.

Oh...okay.

Me either. Sorry to be so dense, but who will explain this story to me?

-- Jean

P.S. Don't all shout at once, okay?

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Webbie on Dec 4th, 2011, 8:37am


Jeangoldstrom wrote on Dec 3rd, 2011, 9:22pm:
Everyone who understood this story, please raise your hand.

Oh...okay.

Me either. Sorry to be so dense, but who will explain this story to me?

-- Jean

P.S. Don't all shout at once, okay?


This one has layers and layers.
What does man want God to be?
Does God matter?
I could go on but prefer to read the comments of others.

It does kinda remind me of Species, Lost in Apple-eating Time by Richard Thieme 2002
http://anotherealm.com/2002/ar071502.html
Another story that you can take a few different ways.

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Jeangoldstrom on Dec 4th, 2011, 7:17pm

Oh, yes. I remember Species. Um, er, I didn't understand that one either.

-- Jean

P.S.
Duh.

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Gary A. Markette on Dec 5th, 2011, 8:06am

Sometimes, I'll choose a story because it seems unusual; not AR's usual dish of tea. Most of the time, I schedule those for the December time frame. I did so this year. The stories don't always work, but we get fewer comments during that time and the comments that we do get are usually more cogent. I await the author's response with interest.

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Jeangoldstrom on Dec 6th, 2011, 8:11am

Author's response...yes! I would like to hear it. Maybe he can clarify for those of us who need clarification.

-- Jean

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by ahmedakhan on Dec 18th, 2011, 7:07pm

Jean's comments roused my curiosity. Read the story. Got glimpses of the layers of meaning mentioned by Webbie. Found the glimpses unsavory for my taste.

Also read Gary's comment about December stories. Found that my story is scheduled for December next year. Am totally curious about the comments my story may receive. :)  

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by monsoonster on Dec 19th, 2011, 2:16am

This reads like a christian/political hit piece. Stray from the path of righteuousness and humankind is doomed. We have gay love, incestial love, self love (auto erotica), racism, voyeurism, orgistic love. Once at the end of the path, the narrator becomes one with god because he didn't stray from the path.

What I got out of it, anyway. :-/

This piece is nothing like Species, Lost in Apple-eating Time. "Species" verges on genius. Pure, unadulterated genius. "Spring" felt like an internet-forward-email-piece in comparison. :o

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Webbie on Dec 24th, 2011, 12:25pm

Interesting comments.


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This reads like a christian/political hit piece. Stray from the path of righteuousness and humankind is doomed. We have gay love, incestial love, self love (auto erotica), racism, voyeurism, orgistic love. Once at the end of the path, the narrator becomes one with god because he didn't stray from the path.


I didn't get that from the story at all.

The ending I got was man putting God in a box exulting the machines.

The two stories mentioned are very different. The comparison I was making was to point out you could take either story many different ways.

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by monsoonster on Dec 24th, 2011, 10:42pm


Webbie wrote on Dec 24th, 2011, 12:25pm:
I didn't get that from the story at all.
Don't take this the wrong way, but it seemed no one got or understood any of it. lol. :) Or if they did, they didn't record much of what they took from the story on these posts.


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The ending I got was man putting God in a box exulting the machines.
From this line near the end, it seemes the box is god: "The machines gestured to the black bo at their side. In white letters was written the word God." and "Machines came, and eased him towards the Godbox. "Your burden is lessened," the machines said without emotion." You could alomost argue that the narrator was a jesus figure. ie, not allowing himself to be tempted from the path. :o


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The two stories mentioned are very different. The comparison I was making was to point out you could take either story many different ways.
Please don't read that the wrong way. I said what I did about the comparison of the two was was "Species" is such a GREAT story; which in no way denigrates this story's place here. "Species" felt psychedelic in its rendering; like reading or listening to Terrance McKenna. This story felt more like reading Earnest Hemingway. Unless someone absolutely hates Hemingway's style, I would call that being in good company. 8-)

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by Webbie on Dec 25th, 2011, 11:36am

One thing is for sure, this story has more people posting about it than most other front page stories.

Lets see if anyone else wants to get in on this...

Title: Re: Ah, Spring! by Keith Kennedy
Post by monsoonster on Dec 29th, 2011, 5:47pm


Webbie wrote on Dec 25th, 2011, 11:36am:
One thing is for sure, this story has more people posting about it than most other front page stories.

Lets see if anyone else wants to get in on this...

Yes. Yes. I quite agree. Mum from me. :-X

Happy New Year!!

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