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The Short, Nonsense Life of Your Average Clown Puppet



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October 27. 7pm. Salmon Library 111. Thomas Ligotti is a highly influential writer of weird fiction whose short stories deal with themes of nihilism, humanism, anti-humanism, despair, creativity, and surrealism. His poetic prose and characters descending into chaos and madness has all the flair of a Samuel Beckett play, if Beckett wrote for the Grand Guignol. He has become one of the few living authors to be honored by a Penguins Classic collection and his older collected editions are now collector's items of some value. In this talk, Doug Bolden [doug.bolden@uah.edu] will look at some of Ligotti's most powerful tales, his impact on the genre [including some of the controversy about how his nihilism may have been an uncited source for the first season of True Detective], the works (both fiction and philosophy) that have influenced Ligotti, and how to find out more of his evocative darkness. Halloween treats will be provided. Mannequins are optional.

As a bonus, after the talk, there will be a complete showing of Jacob Cooney's short horror film, "The Frolic," based on one of Ligotti's first ever short stories!

This event is free and open to all!
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"...the uncanny is to me the defining trait of this strange and terrible world and our strange and terrible minds." --Thomas Ligotti
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Re: The Short, Nonsense Life of Your Average Clown Puppet

I think this is the first time I have ever wished I lived in Alabama.

And to further prove my own ignorance and bias, I am shocked it is in Alabama that this talk is taking place.

Just goes to show that one should never attempt to lump a group of people or a whole region as any one thing or not another.

Feel excluded to not be nearer so as to make an attempt to attend. Curse my lack of a personal teleportation device. (I am only finding more and more reasons I need one, and of course it quickly makes sense to buy and not waste money renting)

I haven't investigated the further info, but I am hoping there is a simu-cast, a wild and unlikely hope but still...
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Re: The Short, Nonsense Life of Your Average Clown Puppet

I asked the library's "Ask a Librarian" on-line chat.

" I am told that notes and discussion from the event will be posted to the library blog, but that is it. Because of copyright issues, no other material will be presented online."

At least it is something.
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Re: The Short, Nonsense Life of Your Average Clown Puppet

That lecture looks fantastic. It's a shame they can't record it and post it to YouTube. Maybe even edit it and add some cool images and commentary.
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