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Old 08-04-2017   #861
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Re: Recent Reading

The thought of a stranger knowing the content of a book I read in public fills me with anxiety, forget about recommending a book to someone I know. Most often, the way I talk about a book is revealing as confessing my dream last night--best not to divulge such thing.

"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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Why does that bother you?

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Re: Recent Reading

I've become more careful after people showed visible disgust and asked me why I read a certain depraved book (I forget which one). I didn't think it was that outrageous compared to other books on my shelf, but I can see why people start questioning things.

"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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Re: Recent Reading

In my very early twenties, I could be a bit of a Dick.

A Professor I didn't particularly like (and one who knew of my admiration for Lovecraft and mocked it) asked me in a patronizing tone what book I was currently reading.

Without missing a beat, I replied: "The Flesh, The Monk and The Birthing Lamb, Deep in the Season of Regrets" by Samuel Erqhart Xavior.

That title came from a dream. I learned later from a friend the Professor had tried to obtain a copy through the college library.
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Re: Recent Reading

"A Professor I didn't particularly like (and one who knew of my admiration for Lovecraft and mocked it) asked me in a patronizing tone what book I was currently reading. Without missing a beat, I replied: "The Flesh, The Monk and The Birthing Lamb, Deep in the Season of Regrets" by Samuel Erqhart Xavior. That title came from a dream. I learned later from a friend the Professor had tried to obtain a copy through the college library."

Druidic, have you ever thought of actually writing this imaginary book under this imaginary name? It sounds intriguing!
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Re: Recent Reading

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In my very early twenties, I could be a bit of a Dick.

A Professor I didn't particularly like (and one who knew of my admiration for Lovecraft and mocked it) asked me in a patronizing tone what book I was currently reading.

Without missing a beat, I replied: "The Flesh, The Monk and The Birthing Lamb, Deep in the Season of Regrets" by Samuel Erqhart Xavior.

That title came from a dream. I learned later from a friend the Professor had tried to obtain a copy through the college library.

Why, the title sounds like a religious calling!

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

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Thanks for the kind words, folks. If I ever tried to think of a plot for such a title...ye gads, it would be too exhausting!
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Re: Recent Reading

I don't have an issue with people knowing what I am reading. Whenever the imp of the perverse grabs hold of me, I try to explain exactly what I am reading and why. At this point in time and in the city where I live, reading for pleasure is a borderline incomprehensible and possibly reprehensible habit. Forget about the content of the books, the mere act is suspect.

Currenty reading Ambler's The Mask of Dimitrios and Goedel's On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems.

PS. You need to write that story, Druidic, wasting this brilliant title is surely a literary crime.

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Re: Recent Reading

Thanks for the compliment, xylokopos, but I'm afraid I'm too old for such a literary adventure. But I've read your work posted here and I'm impressed; so I bequeath the title and author to you if you ever desire to use it. You're young, my friend!

Can you imagine my state of mind if the Professor actually obtained a physical copy of a non-existent book, a book I created? I suspect it would be like something out of Borges.

(BTW, I used this Professor as a character in my short story, "Robert Visits the Professor." Needless to say, it doesn't have a sanguine ending.)
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Re: Recent Reading

Current reading: Roberto Bolaño's Monsieur Pain.
I occasionally forget how great an author Bolaño is/was. Is everyone here reading enough Bolaño? He knows horror & laces it with humour & compassion.

Also dipping into "Lucifer Circus" by Pilar Pedreza. Don't know what to expect, picked it up because spanish publisher Valdemar's books ( Ligotti's spanish publisher, incidentally ) always look great. Always book a judge by his cover.

Finally started Dan Simmon's Hyperion ( while trying not to think about his recent open-minded and warm remarks about islam ). The first part is straight-up horror dressed up as SF, very effective - i was impressed. Not with the writing itself though.

Did i mention how good Bolaño is?

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