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Owen Wister’s Philosophy 4: A Story of Harvard University

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Owen Wister
Philosophy 4: A Story of Harvard University
New York: Macmillan, 1903

Kindle annotated edition by Daniel P. B. Smith, with original illustrations, 2012. Online web version here.

“When you call me that, smile.” — Owen Wister, The Virginian  Read more …

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“The Wild Boys Smile”:
Reflections on Olaf Stapledon’s Odd John, Part 3

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While smiling a lot, the colonists in Odd John don’t talk much at all, which just adds to their creepiness.

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“The Wild Boys Smile”:
Reflections on Olaf Stapledon’s Odd John, Part 2

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William S. Burroughs with the hint of a smile

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Alan Watts’ notion of “fascinating ugliness” leads us to another important theme is the disquieting or even repulsive “beauty” of John and his kind. Here is Jacqueline:

But though passably ‘human,’ according to the standards of Homo sapiens, she was strange. Were I an imaginative writer, and not merely a journalist, I might be able to suggest symbolically something of the almost “creepy” effect she had on me, something of its remote and sleepy power. Read more …

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“The Wild Boys Smile”:
Reflections on Olaf Stapledon’s Odd John, Part 1

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Olaf Stapledon
Odd John: A Story Between Jest and Earnest
London: Methuen, 1935 (Etext)

“Well,” said John, “I’m thought queer because I have more brains than most children.”

After making my way through The Flames, and having read Last and First Men already, I decided to press ahead in my Kindle anthology by tackling Odd John, Read more …

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A Light Unto the Nations:
Reflections on Olaf Stapledon’s The Flames

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Olaf Stapledon
The Flames—A Fantasy
London: Secker and Warburg, 1947

“At various points in our lives we all feel like the one who’s watching the flames; at other times, we feel like the one burning.”—Clive Barker[1]

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Our 3,000th Post!
We’ve Created a Monster!

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James J. O’Meara
A Review of James Neill’s “The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies”
Amazon.com Kindle Single, 2013

I want to recommend the latest publication by our own James O’Meara: a Kindle “Single.” Kindle Singles are basically long essays or short books. In this case, it is a review essay of more than 16,000 words (“a monster!”) on James Neill’s The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human SocietiesRead more …

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Thanks for Watching:
Awakening Through Repetition in Groundhog Day,
Point of Terror, & Manhunter, Part 1

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Point of Terror (1973); 88 min. Director: Alex Nicol; Writers: Peter Carpenter (story), Ernest A. Charles (screenplay); Stars: Peter Carpenter, Dyanne Thorne, Lory Hansen. Read more …

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Green Nazis in Space!

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Green Lantern
(2011); 114 min.
Director: Martin Campbell
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern; Mark Strong as Sinestro; Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Hammond  Read more …

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Evola on Wheels:
Psychomania as Hermetic Initiation

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Psychomania (a.k.a. The Death Wheelers); 1973; 85 minutes; director: Don Sharp; writers: Julian Zimet, Arnaud d’Usseau; starring Beryl Reid, George Sanders, Nicky Henson.  Read more …

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Our Wagner, Only Better:
Harry Partch, Wild Boy of American Music, Part 3

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Lacking the notion of radical traditionalism, Partch’s audiences tended to misunderstand him, by assimilating him to either of two reassuringly familiar roles: as either an “Orientalist” or some kind of “avant-garde” radical.

These were two things that infuriated Partch as failures to understand what he was doing. The first, beloved of lazy though positive reviewers and polite guests, was to say something like “It’s very Oriental, isn’t it?”[1] In a very superficial sense, it is—it seems mostly gongs and mallets, with nary a string instrument to be found— Read more …

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