Norman Corwin and Babylon 5

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Sat Aug 21 04:29:45 EDT 1999

From: benvarkent at (Ben Varkentine)
Date: 19 Aug 1999 21:05:57 -0600
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In his book "Raised on Radio (1998, Random House)," Gerald Nachman says of
Norman Corwin:  "Whatever his shortcomings--purple passages, heavy-handed
irony, liberal bias--they were overcome by the programs' ambitions, impact,
superior writing, and high production values."
This struck me, because I know of JMS's fondness for Corwin, and because I feel
much the same could be said about B5.  It has it's failings--as what among us
doesn't--but on balance, measured against it's successes, it's a pretty damn
good piece of work.
Just thought I'd share that.

Ben Varkentine

Read my drama criticism column, "A Particular Entertainment" in the Seattle
Liberal Arts Review:

"I'm not quite tall enough to manage a Dream, but I might be able to rustle up
a Destiny."--Scott Matthewman

From: jmsatb5 at (Jms at B5)
Date: 20 Aug 1999 20:24:17 -0600
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I could do a hell of a lot worse than be compared with Norman....


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