Questions tagged [r-a-lafferty]

Questions about the works of the American science fiction and fantasy writer R. A. Lafferty (1914– 2002) or his life as a writer.

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What is the lamp-post jag?

This passage from R. A. Lafferty's short story "Dream World" (freely available to read online) puzzles me: "What is the lamp-post jag, Bascomb?" asked Officer Mossback McCarty. &...
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What's the point of Bascombe Swicegood eating so much?

R. A. Lafferty's short story "Dream World" (freely available to read online) starts off with a man (whose name we later learn is Bascombe Swicegood) eating a large breakfast and overhearing ...
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What is a Special Aspects Man in "Nine Hundred Grandmothers"?

I've just read R. A. Lafferty's short story "Nine Hundred Grandmothers", published in If magazine and freely available to read online. The story starts with the following line: Ceran ...
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Who are these historical people alluded to by R.A. Lafferty?

In "The Six Fingers of Time", by R. A. Lafferty, available for free here on Project Gutenberg, there is a claim that having an extra finger or toe is associated with genius. The text gives ...
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What is the appearance of the protagonist in Lafferty's "All the People"?

The protagonist of R.A. Lafferty's short story "All the People" (available to read online from Project Gutenberg) is a "restricted person" working at the "filter center". ...
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