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Old 12-11-2007   #1
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A Chaotic Tableau Of Preposterous Excitation

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“ Despite the lateness of the hour, there was an active glow cast through many of the shop windows in that part of town. Along one particular avenue, the starless evening was glazed by these lights, these diamonds of plate glass set within old buildings of dark brick. I paused before the display window of a toy store and was entranced by a chaotic tableau of preposterous excitation. My eyes followed several things at once: the fated antics of mechanized monkeys that clapped tiny cymbals or somersaulted uncontrollably; the destined pirouettes of a music-box ballerina; the grotesque wobbling of a newly sprung jack-in-the-box. The inside of the store was a Christmas-tree clutter of merchandise receding into a background that looked shadowed and empty. An old man with a smooth pate and angular eyebrows stepped forward to the front window and began rewinding some of the toys to keep them in ceaseless gyration. While performing this task he suddenly looked up at me, his face expressionless. ”
 
 
  Thomas Ligotti - “The Glamour”
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"What does it mean to be alive except to court disaster and suffering at every moment?"

Tibet: Carnivals?
Ligotti: Ceremonies for initiating children into the cult of the sinister.
Tibet: Gas stations?
Ligotti: Nothing to say about gas stations as such, although I've always responded to the smell of gasoline as if it were a kind of perfume.
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Re: A Chaotic Tableau Of Preposterous Excitation

This is a profound quotation. The paragraph is perhaps Mr. Ligotti's briefest vignette. The amazing thing is that its appearance is firmly embedded in the jaws of a story with a decidedly different theme, like a bit of strange detail hidden within a painting of greater scope.

"Like a dog!" he said; it was as if the shame of it must outlive him. - Franz Kafka, The Trial

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