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To my Brazilian donor

Post by alberich00 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:15 pm

Dear Brazilian donor:

I wanted to protect your privacy so I haven't named you. I tried to email you the following thank-you message, but I got back some kind of a spam detection message which required me to click on this and that, and I can't afford to take the risk, so I just wanted you to know I got your donation and am very thankful. The following is the email message I attempted to send you:

I believe you're the first Brazilian to donate to Thank you. If you have the time and opportunity, I'd love to learn how you first acquired an interest in Richard Wagner's art. :

I can’t thank you enough for your donation to support my website, which is devoted to the study and appreciation of Wagner’s Ring in particular, and of Wagner’s artistic legacy in general. Thanks to your donation I can continue to maintain and improve my website, and also subsidize my past and ongoing research into Wagner’s art, which is devoted to demonstrating the conceptual unity of Wagner’s canonic operas and music-dramas from The Flying Dutchman through Parsifal.

This is an exciting period for several reasons. I’ve nearly completed my third and final revision of my online book on Wagner’s Ring, The Wound That Will Never Heal, Volume One, and should be able to forward it to publishers for consideration prior to the summer of 2018 (I previously underestimated the length of time it would take to complete, due to a number of complications).

It’s also an exciting time for’s discussion forum, since, for the first time in my 45 year amateur career in Wagner studies, I am now engaged in debate with some of the leading Wagner pundits. You will find my 62 page response to Dr. Roger Scruton’s critique of Volume One of my online book The Wound That Will Never Heal (my book on the Ring which is the primary content of, as recently presented by him in his new book on Wagner’s Ring, The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner’s ‘Ring of the Nibelung’ (Penguin, 2016). Renowned Wagnerian scholar Barry Millington read most of my online book in the Fall of 2016, and granted me permission to post his first thoughts about it in the discussion forum. You will also find my 280 page critical review (as well as a much briefer summary of it) of Dr. Philip Kitcher’s (John Dewey Prof. of Philosophy at Columbia Univ.) and Dr. Richard Schacht’s (Emeritus Prof. of Philosophy at the Univ. of Illinois) book on Wagner’s Ring, Finding an Ending (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004). Dr. Kitcher’s attempt at a rebuttal of my 15 page introduction to my critical review of his book is also posted in the discussion forum. Furthermore, you will find my response to two key questions he raised about my interpretation in his rebuttal, a 21-part answer to his two key questions: What evidence can I provide for my propositions that (1) Bruennhilde is Siegfried’s unconscious mind, and that (2) Siegfried is Wotan minus consciousness of his true identity.

Thank you again for your interest in and your support. By the way, if you wish to join the discussion forum, just go into the discussion forum and go through the registration process there. This will automatically forward to me an email with a link I can click on to make you a member.

Your friend from,

Paul Brian Heise alias Alberich00
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