I’ve recently started listening to a new Wolfe themed podcast called Alzabo Soup that I’ve found both enjoyable and insightful. The hosts of the show, (Phillip and Andrew) keep the show light-hearted and fun while diving deep into their interpretations of Wolfe’s work. Currently, they’re covering one of my own personal favorites, “The Sorcerer’s House,” so it’s been a personal treat to hear what they’ve come up with.
It’s always exciting to see other people not just enjoying Wolfe’s work but giving back to the community of Wolfe fans out there. If you’re a fellow Wolfe fan then definitely give them a listen. Pick up a copy of “The Sorcerer’s House” if you haven’t already read it and follow along, emailing your own ideas and interpretations to them. It’s good to see these kinds of projects out there and definitely worth supporting.
MIT Technology Review has a great interview with Gene Wolfe. The opening touches on some more recent developments in his personal life and then goes on to ask him a lot of standard questions that writers are usually asked in interviews like this one. Though Wolfe does a great job at being his entertaining self and tosses us a few gems. http://www.technologyreview.com/news/529431/a-qa-with-gene-wolfe/
I’ve made some big changes recently and will be permanently moving Hoof & Hide from wordpress to Posterous. To make the change easy I’ve registered the domain name Hoofandhide.net. I’ve grown very fond of Posterous and am looking forward to continue updating Hoof and Hide through that service!
PS Publishing has something special due out later this year for the serious Gene Wolfe collector. A collection of thrity-two of Wolfe’s best short stories all in one volume entitled, “The Very Best of Gene Wolfe.” It includes a rare piece called, “Christmas Inn” and a forward by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Last week Amazon.com announced the newest version of their Kindle eBook reader. Being curious as to how many Gene Wolfe books were available for the Kindle I did a quick search and I have to say it was more than I expected (it was also exciting to see Michael Andre-Driussi’s 2nd Edition Lexicon Urthus available as well). Still, the entire selection of Gene Wolfe books available for the Kindle are all books that are still in print. My personal belief is that eBook Readers should be used as an inexpensive way to revive all of those out-of-print books that have become difficult to put one’s hands on. All that being said, I wanted to highlight a beautiful feature on the Amazon.com website that allows the viewer to request certain titles be made available for the Kindle. All you have to do is click on the I’d like to read this book on Kindle link located on the left side of the book page you’ve pulled up on Amazon.com and it will inform the book’s publisher you’d like to see this title available for the Kindle. I imagine if enough requests go through than more titles will be made available. Even though there are plenty of used printed copies of Wolfe’s work available in used bookstores across the globe it would still be nice to access to so many of his out-of-print titles in an easy to buy and download format that fits nicely on one easy to carry reader.
It appears that Ma.gnolia.com has crashed and lost all of it’s data leaving me with the task of rebuilding my repository of Gene Wolfe links on a different social bookmarking site. I apologize for the temporary feature loss and will keep you updated with my progress in restoring it. Until then, any Gene Wolfe links you would like to email me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!