[lit-ideas] Re: How long is the coast of Britain?

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 02:19:54 +0100 (BST)

--- On Sun, 24/10/10, Richard Henninge <RichardHenninge@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> If there's any redemption in fair play, tit-for-tat, and an
> immediate comebacker correction, you probably meant "Raymond
> Carver" in the subject line of your subsequent "Jane
> Austen..." post. 

No, I meant "John Carver" but I was probably confusing him with Raymond 
Cheever. Unlike the tree/bread confusion, this mistake is easily enough made as 
they were both neurotic men, narcissistic, egocentric, friendless, and so 
deeply involved in their own defensive illusions that they each invented a 
manic-depressive wife as they battled with the bottle. While under the 
influence at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, it is said they themselves frequently 
mistook themselves for each other, and were only saved from almost certain 
ego-death by only one being bi-sexual, the other of no fixed orientation 

As to "tit-for-tat", I am unsure if there's any redemption in it but it has 
been shown by game theory to be among the best Evolutionarily Stable 
Strategies, although "two-tits-for-a-tat" is generally better. I am not making 
this up.


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