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Old 08-10-2017   #881
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Tonight I started The Soft Machine by Burroughs. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time.

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Noir City Annual 9


#9 collects essays from 2016.
Generally a good mix of overviews of directors, writers and stars.
Many overlooked Neo-Noirs, as well as criminally ignored international Noirs.
A limited number of printed annuals are published and tend to sell out in a year or two.
The e-magazines, from which they are compiled, go back to #1.
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Re: Recent Reading

Still reading: THE NOONDAY CEMETERY and OTHER STORIES by Gustaw Herling

This is an excellent collection. Some very somber stories written in a reflective, and not necessarily depressing manner.

I'm guessing that the translator did a great job, as well.

Lucian pigeon-holed the letter solemnly in the receptacle lettered 'Barbarians.' ~ The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen

“The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.” – Oscar Wilde

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Working my way through the Weird Fiction Megapack on my kindle, lots of really excellent stories in here. Already Steve Rasnic Tem's Boy Blue and To Become a Sorcerer by Darrell Schweitzer have been well worth the read, really amazing and memorable stories.

"For he who passes the gateways always wins a shadow, and never again can he be alone."
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Conversion via Twitter | The New Yorker

Really incredible article, I knew some Westboro Baptist Church members were leaving but I didn't know all this.

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I perused The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe recently. My old favorites--The Mask of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, Cask of Amontillado--remain potent. Out of my new favorites, William Wilson stands out for its ending and wonderful tension. The three landscape pieces The Island of the Fay, The Domain of Arnheim and Landor's Cottage convince me that if Poe is alive today he might be the Attenborough of landscape gardening. Maybe I'll check out some landscape garden books in the future in search of his visions...

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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Honestly, 'The Sound of his Horn', 'Ringstones', and 'The Dollmaker', all sounded really interesting. I plumped for 'The Sound of his Horn' just now, but if I enjoy it then I fully expect to check out the others as well.
It took an age for the book to arrive, but tonight I shall, at last, begin reading 'The Sound of His Horn'.
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The Latin Orgy by Félicien Champsaur, published by Snuggly Books. A historical novel about the exploits of the Empress Messalina and early Christians, it is a very raucous and delightful read.

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I am reading Collected Ghost Stories of Mrs J. H. Riddell

'I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand.'
― Robert Aickman, An Essay
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Re: Recent Reading

Right now I'm reading the new annotated edition of Lovecraft's Fungi from Yuggoth (I've never read this cycle of poems before) and Carson McCullers' Stories, Plays & Other Writings.

"The Outsider must find a direction and commit himself to it, not lie moping about the meaninglessness of the world."
-Colin Wilson, Religion and the Rebel
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