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Old 05-09-2017   #761
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Two more plays by David Mamet: American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross.

They certainly helped to cleanse my palate after the ugly aftertaste left by China Doll and David Mamet himself.

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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I've recently read Darkness Sticks to Everything, the collected and new poems of Tom Hennen. He is an American farmer in Minnesota who is heavily influenced by Robert Bly's "deep image" technique (i.e., concreteness is valued over abstractness in order to allow images to bring forth the experience and generate meanings). His early poems are marked by being laconic and possessing reserved diction while providing large amounts of space for contemplation, reminiscent of Chinese poets like Hanshan, and his later prose poems convey the richness of detail in the Midwest landscape with its changing seasons, smells, and weather. His poetry expresses awe at the wonders of the vast differences of objects, rather than their sameness, while acknowledging their bitter-sweet evanescence. If you enjoy poetry that celebrates "solitude, the earth, elemental presences, and the inner life", then I recommend this collection. Here is one poem that stuck with me:

Out of Nothing

Snow began slowly. Only one flake fell all morning. It was talked about by everyone as they gathered for coffee. It brought back memories of other times. Dreams of ice skates, long shotguns waving at geese, cities lighting up somewhere off the horizon in the cold gray day. Only one snowflake, but it fell with the grace of a star out of the ragged air. It filled the day with a clarity seldom noticed. It stood out sharply as a telephone pole against the skyline of the winter we each keep to ourselves.

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Re: Recent Reading

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http://www.amazon.com/Darkness-Stick.../dp/1556594046

I've recently read Darkness Sticks to Everything, the collected and new poems of Tom Hennen. He is an American farmer in Minnesota who is heavily influenced by Robert Bly's "deep image" technique (i.e., concreteness is valued over abstractness in order to allow images to bring forth the experience and generate meanings). His early poems are marked by being laconic and possessing reserved diction while providing large amounts of space for contemplation, reminiscent of Chinese poets like Hanshan, and his later prose poems convey the richness of detail in the Midwest landscape with its changing seasons, smells, and weather. His poetry expresses awe at the wonders of the vast differences of objects, rather than their sameness, while acknowledging their bitter-sweet evanescence. If you enjoy poetry that celebrates "solitude, the earth, elemental presences, and the inner life", then I recommend this collection. Here is one poem that stuck with me:

Out of Nothing

Snow began slowly. Only one flake fell all morning. It was talked about by everyone as they gathered for coffee. It brought back memories of other times. Dreams of ice skates, long shotguns waving at geese, cities lighting up somewhere off the horizon in the cold gray day. Only one snowflake, but it fell with the grace of a star out of the ragged air. It filled the day with a clarity seldom noticed. It stood out sharply as a telephone pole against the skyline of the winter we each keep to ourselves.
He conjured up a piece of the U.S. midwest, alright.

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I loved that old anime adaptation of The Moomins back in the day, and that bastard scared the **** outta me.
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Georg Heym's "Jonathan" is perhaps the bleakest story I've ever read. I can't wait to get a hold of his poems. He reminds me very much of Kleist.

"In a less scientific age, he would have been a devil-worshipper, a partaker in the abominations of the Black Mass; or would have given himself to the study and practice of sorcery. His was a religious soul that had failed to find good in the scheme of things; and lacking it, was impelled to make of evil itself an object of secret reverence."

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I'm currently attempting to write my own "corporate horror" story, so I've been rereading the following as a form of research as well as inspiration:

"My Case for Retributive Action" (Thomas Ligotti)
"Our Temporary Supervisor" (Thomas Ligotti)
"Glyphotech" (Mark Samuels)
"Corporautolysis" (Christopher Slatsky)

Some might not fall directly under the heading "corporate horror;" nevertheless, I enjoy them for perhaps other reasons.

"In a less scientific age, he would have been a devil-worshipper, a partaker in the abominations of the Black Mass; or would have given himself to the study and practice of sorcery. His was a religious soul that had failed to find good in the scheme of things; and lacking it, was impelled to make of evil itself an object of secret reverence."

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I read Edmond, my last play by David Mamet. Man, that guy used to be awesome.

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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Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angélica Gorodischer; it was translated into English by Ursula K. LeGuin. I also reread In a Grove and Rashōmon by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

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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I received my preordered copy of Written in Darkness today! Justin Isis got me into Mark Samuels around a year ago and I'm glad he did. Samuels has since become my favorite living author of weird fiction.



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The special quality of hell is to see everything clearly down to the last detail. And to see all that in the pitch darkness!
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Re: Recent Reading

Been enjoying the criticism of Jonathan McCalmont. I'm sceptical of some of his claims but he's refreshingly honest and not afraid to criticize beloved figures.

Here's a positive review and some of the recent books he rates highly.
The Many Selves of Katherine North by on Emma Geen: a review by Jonathan McCalmont | The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Cultural commentators may choose to characterise 2015 as the year in which genre culture rejected the misogynistic white supremacy of the American right but the real message is far more nuanced. Though the institutions of genre culture have undoubtedly improved when it comes to reflecting the diversity not only of the field but also of society at large, this movement towards ethnic and sexual diversity has coincided with a broader movement of aesthetic conservatism as voices young and old find themselves corralled into a narrowing range of hyper-commercial forms.

In today’s diverse genre culture you can engage with the voices of people from all over the world as long as you are content to read multi-volume epic fantasy and military science fiction series. In today’s diverse genre culture, authors whose ideas and experiences demand that they write in unconventional or experimental ways are both ignored by the larger genre imprints and overlooked by popular awards. In today’s diverse genre culture you will write the same old rubbish as George R. R. Martin and John Scalzi or you will wind up getting paid six cents a word for stories that nobody will ever read
Future Interrupted: Harder-Core-Than-Thou | Ruthless Culture

Future Interrupted Telling People What They Want To Be. | Ruthless Culture
A very negative review

Future Interrupted The Origins of Science Fictional Inequality | Ruthless Culture

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