July 22, 2009

I've actually seen the next world

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  1. Wonderful stuff.

    Two great posts in two days - well done.

    Having been used to the lurid art of American sf pulps for so long, this book art is like a breath of fresh air.

  2. will! thanks for posting on Hedayat and the blind owl, hadn't heard of him, and the book sounds stellar!!! you are a unending fountain of golden literary nuggets!

  3. thanks for your comments.

    Steve, check back soon for the Obrist stuff I'm posting tonight or tomorrow. For Blind Owl, the first sentence lets you know what's in store for you: "There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker." Apparently Hedayat borrowed whole passages from Rilke's Malte Laurids Brigge (another fave), which Stephen Sparks will try to unravel before writing his review. I wouldn't mind if every author borrowed from that book.

  4. "If only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful."

    Where did you go?