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Moved on to the last third of the second Corum trilogy. Also pulled out the Mike Mignola Fafhrd and Gray Mouser comic series again which, conveniently ends right before the book where I left off--the wererat one--so I'm thinking I'll finish up Leiber after Moorcock and then, I think, it's back to Gaskell to finish up the Cija books.
Some great stories in the pirates book, of course. Maybe I'll post some of them later.
Kirth Gersen wrote:
Yeah, he's well beyond that, telling me about how Lemmy got kicked out on their first North American tour, etc., etc. I think he watched a documentary or something...
In completely other news,
My local comrade went behind my back and got all into Hawkwind while I wasn't paying attention.
I've never really dived in. Could never find their records, hadn't really thought about them after I discovered the internet. But I knew enough to namedrop them when I gave my comrade his first Michael Moorcock for Xmas. Now, I go over his house and he's like, oh yeah, In Search of Space is pretty good but it lacks some of the nuanced depths of later work (or some such) and I'm all like, m#~@~@~$+*%~, you didn't even know who Elric was six months ago!
Re-reading the Gore essay, he talks about how after the success of the first Oz book, Baum (who had a background in theater) successfully adapted it to the stage and that, in Gore's opinion, many of the bad jokes and Dorothy's lapse into baby-talk was the influence of vaudeville and other stage-y stuff as Baum wrote them with the intention of adapting them to the stage (the female soldiers as a chorus line, etc.).
That may be the single worst sentence I've ever written, but I'm tired.
Hmmm. Well, it's beyond a paywall and he must have added to it after '77 because the version in my copy of United States: Essays 1952-1992 has, like, five pages before it gets to the beginning of the essay as shown. Wow, there's some great bits in here, I feel like typing....
Have you ever checked out A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman?
No, I haven't done any Gaiman. I think Kajehase, maybe someone else, publicly scolded me last time I said that.
The snobby completist in me turned up my nose at my cheapo cheapo Anderson find, I tried to restart the second Corum trilogy (interrupted by thieves, dear fans may recall) but the print was real small and it was late at night, and I thought to myself, I've been meaning to re-read all the Sherlock Holmes tales, plus there's lots of the original illustrations from Strand (?) Magazine, so...
"A lot of people think that the only reason you listen to vinyl is because the sound quality is better; that's a common misconception. The real reason that you listen to vinyl is that listening to vinyl makes you better than people who don't listen to vinyl."
Aaron Bitman wrote:
Between other reading projects, I've been continuing the "Jeeves and Wooster" canon. I finished Very Good, Jeeves; Thank You, Jeeves; and Right Ho, Jeeves; and I just started The Code of the Woosters
Wow. That's quite the 180, Aaron!
As for me, I'm starting to think I'll never read another book ever again. [Cries]
Over the past fortnight, I've been listening to Echoes by AR and Machines over and over - Ooh, we love you Achim! - in between digging DA/The Black Goblin's stoner rock finds.
To make the loop more self-contained, I think The Black Goblin is finding them by clicking on other WPZO links and following the youtube recommendations. Huzzah!
The Swiss Family Robinson. I spent that whole book just waiting for the pirates to show up; as it turns out, that was an invention of the movie.
I didn't even get that far. Page after page of them finding stuff to eat...bohr-ing! I didn't even get to treehouse. Assuming there even was a treehouse in the book...
I'm gonna see how many pages in a row I can make this the top post for.
Hey, so I was reading the story behind this record and then somebody in a comments section was all like "Bullshiznit! This record was made in 2003 by a bunch of Bevis Frond-listening hippies at Terrastock!" (which they held in Boston once, and I narrowly avoided being propositioned by a pretty hawt older woman and her much, much older husband--I know, I know "what about 'goblins do it in the streets'?", leave me alone).
Either way, it's still badass.
(I'll make a Bevis Frond post later, maybe.)