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Beyond the Bush

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Robert Ignatius Dillon
Beyond the Bush: A Hopeless Satire
Chicago: Hopeless Books, 2013

Beyond the Bush is the third release from Ann Sterzinger’s Hopeless Books, and the first not from her own pen. Like Sterzinger’s own The Talkative Corpse [1] it reveals its Chicago origins by the frequent use of various derivatives of ‘jag-off’, and one might be tempted to christen it part of a ‘jag off lit’ movement, did it not sound so entirely like I was dismissing it as desultory and self-indulgent.  Read more …

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The Conservative:
The Complete Issues 1915–1923

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H. P. Lovecraft
The Conservative: The Complete Issues 1915–1923
London: Arktos, 2013
216 pages

paperback only: $23

The Conservative was a journal edited and self-published sporadically by H. P. Lovecraft between 1915 and 1923. Read more …

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The New Austerities

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Tito Perdue
The New Austerities
Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 1994
218 pages

hardcover only: $10

The New Austerities continues Tito Perdue’s saga of his alter ego: librophile, insomniac, and misanthrope Lee Pefley. Read more …

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Goethe’s Prometheus

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Gustave Moreau, Prometheus

Gustave Moreau, Prometheus

Prometheus is, probably, one of the most enduring characters in universal mythology and, in addition, one of the most frequent subjects of artistic, literary, or philosophical interpretation. Aeschylus’ version, Prometheus Bound, has generated different symbolic interpretations across the centuries. Starting with the Renaissance, Prometheus has been seen as a symbol of consciousness struggling against arbitrary power.[1]

This was captured in essence by Goethe, circa 1771, who presented the image of the Promethean Man who, decades later, Friedrich Nietzsche would write about in his Birth of Tragedy. Read more …

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Wyndham Lewis

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Percy Wyndham Lewis, 1882 - 1957

Wyndham Lewis, 1882 – 1957

Corrigé 22 novembre 2011

Note du Rédacteur:

Cette version très enrichie d’un essai précédemment publié sur Wyndham Lewis est le chapitre 8 du livre de Kerry Bolton, Artists of the Right: Resisting Decadence, [Artistes de la Droite : Résister à la Décadence] qui devrait être publié prochainement par Counter-Currents.

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The Hungry Wolves of Van Diemen’s Land

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Paul Christensen
The Hungry Wolves of Van Diemen’s Land
CreateSpace, 2014 (book)
Amazon Kindle, 2014 (E-book)

“Whisper fairy stories till they’re real.”—Vashti Bunyan

“. . . hope till hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates”—Shelley  Read more …

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“I get my kicks above the waistline, Sunshine”
Michel Houellebecq’s Sexual Anti-Utopia

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ElementaryParticlesMichel Houellebecq
The Elementary Particles
Translated from the French by Frank Wynne
New York: Knopf, 2000

“I get my kicks above the waistline, Sunshine.”[1]

“The universe is nothing but a furtive arrangement of elementary particles. . . . And human actions are as free and as stripped of meaning as the unfettered movements of the elementary particles.” — Michel Houellebecq, Read more …

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The Presence of the Past:
From Ancestor Worship to Hauntology

William Blake, "Hamlet and his Father's Ghost"

William Blake, “Hamlet and his Father’s Ghost”

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We never manage to bury the dead completely. Their words still echo down to us from beyond life’s event horizon in direct contravention of physical law. Our stance towards death is a determining factor in how the dead return to us; in what form and with what significance they haunt the living. Although they are always there, the ways in which they interact with us vary and shift through time. And, at the present time, there is a strange blend of residual religious funerary rites and atheistic materialism. It feels very much as though we go through the motions of dispatching the dead to the next world without believing a word of it. Read more …

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Lovecraft in a Northern Town:
John Braine’s The Vodi

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John Braine
The Vodi
London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1959
Kansas City, Mo.: Valancourt Books, 2013

“The Vodi were all alike, small and ferret-faced with no more identity than amoebae. There wasn’t really such a thing as a Vodi; there was only the Vodi.”

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A Leveling Wind:
Reading Camus’ The Stranger

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Albert Camus’ The Stranger had a powerful effect on me when I first read it at the age of 18. Recently I had cause to pick it up again when I re-read Bill Hopkins’ The Leap! (a.k.a. The Divine and the Decay) with the aim of writing an essay on it. Hopkins’ manner of constructing a plot out of seemingly trivial, tedious, and disconnected events that suddenly come together in an emotionally shattering climax — a climax that seems utterly surprising yet in hindsight utterly inevitable — brought to mind The StrangerRead more …

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