Just for the record, this blog is still alive and kicking and I've tons more to post about the mighty Wolfe in due time. Lately most of my blogging energies have been expended at my R. A. Lafferty blog: The Ants of God Are Queer Fish, as I'm trying to write a paper on him for a chapter in a book that may someday see the light of day. At some point, I'm going to outline the Wolfe-Lafferty connection as they were mutually endorsing of one another and were fellow outside-the-box s.f. Roman Catholic literary geniuses. (I say 'were' not because there is breaking news on Wolfe, but because Lafferty died in 2002.) Interestingly, Lafferty and Wolfe are two of the biggest influences on the urban/gods/gothi-comic/mythpunk sort of fantasy of Neil Gaiman (by his own confession—and if you read enough of the works of all three, it’s easy to see).
Some months ago I finally got onto to some more recent Wolfe stuff and read Pirate Freedom and An Evil Guest. Reviews will be forthcoming. There’s definitely gold in both, but on a first read I don’t love Pirate Freedom as much as other Wolfe stuff and I feel mixed about An Evil Guest (though the latter has some really great stuff on a number of levels). I’ve also read some recent short stories—‘Lief in the Wind’ and ‘The Giant’. (I found the latter much better than the former and will comment on them in due course also.) Also, I recently read Wolfe’s essay ‘Scribbling Giant’ about R. A. Lafferty (found as an afterword in Lafferty’s novel East of Laughter).
The Wolfe still howls in my soul if I cannot at present release the lupine from my lips.