Moore on Lovecraft

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From The Quietus, Nick Talbot , August 31st, 2014:

Towards the end of a recent interview with Alan Moore on his relationship with the writer Iain Sinclair our conversation drifted towards another topic: Moore’s upcoming Lovecraftian work Providence. A huge number of writers, including Ramsey Campbell, Colin Wilson, Steven King and Robert Bloch have contributed to the ‘Cthulhu Mythos’, the shared fictional world created by H.P. Lovecraft, in a tradition Lovecraft himself encouraged via voluminous correspondence with younger acolytes. As a result of his creative generosity, Lovecraft occupies a rare status as a writer whose vision has taken on a life of its own. While much written work suffers a reductive blow when undergoing adaptation, by respectfully borrowing elements from Lovecraft’s world, new comics, games and films contribute to its expansion, and the Cthulhu Mythos creeps further into popular culture every year.

Yet Lovecraft has rarely been judged a good writer, and many decades of critical derision – often objecting to his tendency for baroque adjectives – relegated him to the status of an eccentric hack in an already ghettoised genre. But as the Cthulhu cult became too popular to ignore, the last decade has seen a growing stream of Zeitgeist-wary cultural theorists publishing analytical works focusing on various aspects of his vast imagination, and Lovecraft is now finally taken seriously as a writer of ideas.

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Gonny Gonzales Tabby House Ruins

IMG_0193The following was written yesterday by Tim Gilmore:

Source: Gonny Gonzales Tabby House Ruins

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Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974) Featuring Jodie Foster!

Here’s an interesting review of a short-lived detective TV series from the mid-seventies. I was stationed in Spain during this time and never saw the show, but it sounds great.

Source: Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974)

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Next at CoRK / Jax by Jax

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Happening in Jacksonville, FL

From Folio Weekly:

Hurley Winkler is good at far too many things. Her CV includes helping produce Swamp Radio and Perversion magazine, and she’s just finished her master of fine arts in creative writing at Lesley University. Jim Draper is primarily known as a visual artist whose work has been seen in galleries, in the airport, on the façades of public buildings — on and on. But he’s not just a visual artist. Draper says, “Words are our primary symbols.”

On Feb. 23, each will perform a reading of their work at the second monthly installment of JaxbyJax.

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Writers and Artists of Jacksonville!

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Hunter S. Thompson Omnibus 1978

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The Best Way to Read Haruki Murakami – Book Oblivion

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Here’s a good article on reading Haruki Murakami from the Book Oblivion bog, written by Jessica Manuel.

Murakami is one of the most popular and respected contemporary authors. Reading him is an art and this is the best reading order for his mind-bending works.

I always try to incorporate one of his novels or short stories into my syllabus when teaching. One taste and my students are hooked. After that first exposure, they almost always ask what to read next. And even though you can’t really go wrong, I will suggest what I think would work best for most readers. Each of his novels stand alone, but some work together quite well. Those groups of novels I have listed are what I like to see read in the same general time frame.

These five are my favorite works of Haruki Murakami because of the way they deal with the unconscious. In each work, the lives of the characters are completely altered because of dreams, memories, nostalgia, or other manifestations of the unconscious. It reminds the reader how powerful the mind is, and I’ve remained convinced of this since my first reading of Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

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