The OF Blog: This is weird/creepy

Friday, May 09, 2008

This is weird/creepy

I get this email out of the blue this afternoon:

Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 6:16 PM
Subject: rebert jordans grave

hi im driving from florida to maine and would like to visit his grave how can i find where he is buried?
Needless to say, I was nonplussed, despite having worked for almost 7 years now as a forum moderator/Admin at the WoT-related site, wotmania. There has to be something appropriate weird in that confession as well as getting this email.

For the record, I politely said I have never been to Charleston, SC and thus had no idea at all which cemeteries there are in town. But at least I wasn't asked about how to "channel," or whatever it is that piques the interests of the überfans these days...

Edit: I guess I should add that for some odd reason, his numerous misspellings do not shock me. After seeing a student misspell "couldn't" on an admission assessment test as an erased "c-u-n-t" (and without him trying to spell that out), misspellings have become so commonplace in my everyday life that I cannot muster (mustard?) up the ability to give a damn/shit.

12 comments:

Jen said...

Hmmm... I don't this it's *that* creepy. Ok, it's weird that he wrote *you*, but wanting to visit Jordan's grave? Don't think so. I've spent several hours trying to figure out where Roger Zelazny is buried... (with no luck) You know how people visit Jim Morrison's grave? Same thing.

Joe Sherry said...

That's what I was thinking. It's not something I would do, but seeking out the grave of notable figures is not really out of the ordinary.

If I actually wanted to visit a grave, which I don't, I also wouldn't e-mail the moderator of a message board the question. I don't know why it would follow that because you're part of an RJ community that you would necessarily know where the man is buried.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't think I'd categorize the question as "creepy" either. I can understand why readers develop bonds of sorts with given authors they've never even met in person. Fiction is an intimate form of art. Granted, in my opinion Jordan's passing is probably still recent enough that only friends and family should be paying their respects at the burial site, but still I wouldn't say that the desire for a fan to do the same represents anything that's blatantly uncouth.

- Zach H.

Larry said...

The "creepy" wasn't for visiting a gravesite (or else I'd have to label those millions who visit Graceland as being "creepy"), but rather that I'd be asked out of the blue like that. But then again, cemeteries evoke a natural creepy feeling in me, so that's just it, I suppose :P

Then again, I'd also be likely to label as "creepy" someone asking me where to find the best drugs in TN, because of the abrupt strangeness of the question... ;)

Anonymous said...

Point taken, but you are a moderator at a WoT-related website. Regardless of the fact that your tastes don't really include WoT, I think a WoT-related question is a lot less out of the blue than a query about the availability of good drugs in a given area.

Like you said earlier, though, at least it wasn't something truly creepy.

- Zach H.

Larry said...

True, but I'm so inactive on that part of the site that either that person asked every single one of us (for all I know, he might have), or it was just blind dumb luck, since I don't think my email account has been updated for the one part where it would have made sense for him to contact me. Oh well, it's just one of those harmless weird things that was just a bit "creepy" as well at first :P

goiterpig said...

dude i hear you got robert jorden's body! that is so fuckin AWESOME dude, you are bad ass

do you ever just crank up some sabbath in yur bassment and just get real baked in the dark with ROBOT JORDANS' BODY!? because thats wut i wuold do.

Larry said...

Qué extraño. Despierto a leer un boludo aquí? Pienso que quizás necesite dormir más...

goiterpig said...

sorry dude i dont speak russian

Larry said...

Пази тебра, да ти ја кажем. Једино што ти имаш у глави је једна танка жица. А она је тамо само да ти уши не би отпале.

;)

goiterpig said...

i dont speak japanese either! waht the hell man im an AMMERICAN

anyway i reckon most you ruskies are pussies but your the dude who stole RObot Jordins skull and thats bad ass so i got no beef with you, you keep rockign dude

Larry said...

*signs his responses, then realizes that ASL can't be posted here*

Dammit.

 
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