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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-01-31 05:33
Subject: [books] Crossdressing, an anthology that may never be
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Bruce Arthurs left a comment on my blog yesterday.
One of my odder random thoughts recently was the idea of Henry James and Ernest Hemingway rewriting each others’ stories: A Hemingway version of “Turn of the Screw” and a James version of “The Killers”.

This reminds me of an anthology concept I've been noodling with for a few years. I don't have the time or funding these days to the editorial work to organize this, but I've always thought it would be funny as hell. Basically, it would be titled something like Crossdressing, and would feature about a dozen or so authors writing in each other's styles. Could be parodies, could be more serious homage.

This works best with authors with fairly distinctive voices, but I think it would be hilarious to see Jeff VanderMeer writing as Ken Scholes, and Ken Scholes writing as Mary Robinette Kowal, and Mary Robinette Kowal writing as Charlie Stross, and so forth.

Someday I'll have an entire bookshelf of anthologies that never were.

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2012-01-31 14:24 (UTC)
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That is a rather lovely idea, indeed.
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Jay Lake: funny-samples_image
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-01-31 16:51 (UTC)
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User: creed_of_hubris
Date: 2012-01-31 17:10 (UTC)
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Newt Gingrich <-> China Mieville
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Allison Lonsdale: bookish
User: caprine
Date: 2012-01-31 19:26 (UTC)
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I would love an anthology of that sort.

During the 90s I was in a gaming and comics themed APA, and to celebrate the Marvel/DC crossover we paired up and wrote fusion zines, including game write-ups of fusions of the campaigns we were in. The results were hilarious.
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User: autopope
Date: 2012-01-31 22:55 (UTC)
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It's a fun idea, but a vital prerequisite is that the authors participating have a good enough grasp of each others' voices to do the job properly. I don't think I'm that good a stylist, frankly: I can emulate or parody some authors with very distinctive voices, but not at the drop of a hat and not with unlimited flexibility.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2012-01-31 23:27 (UTC)
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I don't think I could emulate your approach, Mr. Autopope, even though I work in a lot of different styles...but the way that you build your ideas and the knowledge base that comes from is so distinctly yours if I tried to do it, it'd come off as stupid. There'd be nobody home, so to speak. You may say you don't think you're that good a stylist, but to set aside that question entirely one way or the other, the ideas/approach are hardwired to your words and thus your style is unique and hard to replicate. jeffv
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Johnny Eponymous
User: johnnyeponymous
Date: 2012-01-31 23:50 (UTC)
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Funny thing is when I quickly skimmed my Friends feed, for some reason I was thinking that it was the band James doing covers of songs by The Killers.

That I would like to hear!
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