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Old 06-19-2017   #821
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I am about to start Equus by Peter Shaffer.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.

This is my life. This is my damnation. This is my only regret--that I ever was born.

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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.
Yeah, The Consumer is perhaps the most unrelentingly depressing book I've read.

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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.
Yeah, The Consumer is perhaps the most unrelentingly depressing book I've read.
I have to ask, how on earth did you get your hands on a copy of The Consumer? I've been trying to find one but the cheapest paperback available is going for over $200. Is an online copy available somewhere?

"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind." - H. P. Lovecraft
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Currently reading La-Bás and The Consumer. Can't read either for too long at once, as the former is really dense and the latter is really terrifying.
Yeah, The Consumer is perhaps the most unrelentingly depressing book I've read.
I have to ask, how on earth did you get your hands on a copy of The Consumer? I've been trying to find one but the cheapest paperback available is going for over $200. Is an online copy available somewhere?
For my part I got it from Henry Rollins when it was new, so I just paid the cover price. I don't know what possessed me, since I did not own any Swans and knew virtually nothing about M. Gira.

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Re: Recent Reading

I found this article to be interesting; apologies if it has been posted previously.

The Corner of Lovecraft and Ballard

https://placesjournal.org/article/th...t-and-ballard/
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Just finished rereading the terribly unfashionable An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis. Thankfully, this book can be successfully disengaged from much of the rest of Lewis's writings, particularly the apologetical ones. (The Space Trilogy and Till We Have Faces can be put to one side here; those are excellent books, regardless of one's commitments.) Experiment is, quite simply, the best piece of practical criticism I've read. Nothing else has come closer, in my experience, to describing the relation between good reading and good books.

I also finished - just tonight - Grabinski's The Motion Demon. While no single story in that volume matches The Dark Domain's "The Area", the collection enjoys greater unity as a whole than does The Dark Domain.
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Last night I finished Michael Cisco's 'The Narrator', which on the whole I found I enjoyed.

Hopefully tomorrow morning will see the postman bring me my copy of Iain Banks' 'The Bridge', which is next up on my reading list. I've never actually read any of Banks work before, so I'm going into this one blind.
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Currently reading:

Calvino's Cosmicomics

Woolf's Orlando

Bataille's Literature and Evil

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Re: Recent Reading

Finished The Divine Comedy recently, which I enjoyed, and I've been at a loss as to what I should begin now.
So I've been reading some short stories here and there. "Looking Back" by Guy de Maupassant and "The Shot" by Pushkin have been my favorites.

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As much happiness as death in this miserable world
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