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Paul Farmer Inspiring House?

Is it just me, or does Dr. Sebastian Charles from the “TB Or Not TB” episode of House seem kind of similar to Dr. Paul Farmer of Mountains Beyond Mountains fame? It’s almost like someone read the book and then decided to use a media-loving version of him for House to rip on.

Gregory Maguire Interview

“One of the things that I wanted to do when I started writing Wicked–and that I liked to do when I came back to this terrain ten years later–is to try to write about a fantastic situation that includes material that most fantasies–swords and sorcery type fantasies–leave out. For instance, critics of Tolkien are always saying, “Hey, what about the other half of the species? What about the female gender? What about romance, lust, passion, and betrayel? It’s only male bonding in Tolkien, pretty much.” So I wanted to put in sex, romance, philosophy, politics, violence, human bodily functions in order to make it seem as if these people who were contorting through a dangerous time in a dangerous, magical land were still people and are recognizably dense and complicated in the same way that a character out of, say, Dostoevsky might be dense and complicated.” — Gregory Maguire

Well put, I say. That’s exactly the attitude with which I try to approach my own writing. The full interview, available via podcast, is great, as is Maguire’s new novel, Son of a Witch, which picks up where Wicked left off ten years ago after the death of the Wicked Witch of the West.