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"The mind is a gourmet; let us furnish it with savory and delicate dishes, suited to its taste; it will eat all the more for sensuality's having whetted the appetite."
--Hippolyte Taine, as quoted in Edmund Wilson's To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History
He [Gilgamesh] returns empty-handed to Erech, and here the epic probably ended.
--S.H. Hooke, Middle Eastern Mythology
Apparently, the leather jacket belonged to the deceased drummer.
Speaking of deceased, I haven't done much internet this month, so I just saw, three days late, that Dave Brubeck died.
Daily Musical Interludes
Graham Parker and the Rumour--"Local Girls"
I started with Hawthorne, moved on to Poe and finished with Lovecraft. (Reminds me, I've got to go back and finish those Hawthorne and Poe volumes.)
Am happy to report that I was able to read three chapters of A Clash of Kings at Sugar Candy Mountain yesterday. Huzzah! Paid to read, I love it.
Last night/this morning, I read the first bunch of chapters about Jules Michelet in Edmund Wilson's To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History and it kind of made me want to put down the latter and pick up the former's History of the French Revolution.
Finally, recent current events seem to have knocked our Capital reader's circle off course. Still stuck halfway through Chapter 15.
Was talking to my ADHD-afflicted friend after work about the 2/3rds of "At the Mountains of Madness" and, while listening, he typed it into youtube and discovered this low-budget animation film that we watched (and now I'm not sure I want to finish the story):
Then we watched Rats in the Walls which wasn't included in the volume I am (was?) reading.
sez the title of the page. I tend to agree.
Ted 2 which I liked more than I thought I would, and I never even saw Ted 1.
Free State of Jones which was pretty badass and features the only cinematic scenes of Reconstruction ("Union League! Union League!"), minus Birth of a Nation of course.
District 9 which I had never seen before and liked quite a bit. Watched it along with some Vice News pieces on The Jungle in Calais, which was quite a mind blower.
And, this evening, went over a friend's and watched Crimson Peak which I had a hard time taking seriously because [bubble bubble bubble] but it was fun to call out other films it reminded me of--"Notorious!" "The Shining!" "Jane Eyre!"
Got out of work early and headed over to the Intersectional Feminist Fondue at UMass Lowell and was three hours early. Finished reading Chapter 15 of Das Kapital for tomorrow's readers circle and then realized I didn't have any of the other books I was reading. Popped the trunk open (everybody has three boxes of books in their trunk, right?) and opted for a collection of H.P. Lovecraft stories, a Del Rey collection from the seventies called At the Mouth of Madness and Other Stories. Read the two shortest ones in the collection ("The Statement of Randolph Carter" and "The Shunned House." Liked 'em a lot.