Benjamin Rosenbaum

Comments on "Fly, little orange, be free ("The Orange" licensed under Creative Commons)"

I followed the link to Cory's and read "The Orange" --- wow, what a great tiny story! Packs a powerful punch (sorry about the almost pun). :-)

Posted by Vera Nazarian at July 21, 2004 04:21 AM

There are very few things I am sure of. However, I am sure that, if an orange ruled the world, it would be organic.

Posted by Rebecca at July 22, 2004 02:34 AM

I came here from BoingBoing and so "The Orange" was, I thought, my introduction to you and your work. But then I saw in your bibliography that your wrote "Embracing the New." I loved the story when I read it in "Asimov's." Please forgive me for not remembering you name at the time. I will remember it and be following your work from now on. Chalk-up one new, loyal reader to the Creative Commons.

Posted by Bill at July 22, 2004 10:05 AM


> wow, what a great tiny story!

Thanks Vera!

> However, I am sure that, if an orange ruled the world, it would be organic.

hee hee

> I will remember it and be following your work from now on.

That's great, Bill, thanks! Should I add you to my mailing list?

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at July 22, 2004 11:03 AM

Yay Creative Commons! Good solution.

...I was going to go on and talk about the ethical issues involved in asking for permission or not asking, but I realized it was going to be a big thorny discussion and I don't have time to write it. The short version is that I feel that it's a good idea to ask for permission when reprinting something (unless it's already licensed with CC or some other form of explicit blanket permission is given), not just as a legal matter but as a matter of courtesy to the author. But I'll probably elaborate on that in my journal at some future point.

Posted by Jed Hartman at August 11, 2004 04:45 PM

Does your piece " The Orange" a large metaphor for something else ( religion) or is it simply an orange ruling the world? I enjoyed your piece very much. Thank you

Posted by Bailey at October 6, 2012 09:36 PM

Bailey, I'm glad you liked it!

I would say it's more symbol than metaphor -- that is, it really is an orange ruling the world, but then, of course, that suggests a whole constellations of other things to our busy brains -- it has ripple effects of meaning beyond the plain meaning of the story, but the plain meaning of the story isn't merely a mask for some other, privileged meaning (that is to say, it's not allegory). Certainly the story plays around with the messianic story and dances with religious ideas...

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at October 7, 2012 12:34 PM

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