I need to stop doing things for the sake of some intangible goal. I want the goal itself to be the doing. I want writing and video making and reading to be fun again. This video is step one toward that goal (okay, I realize that by having a “step one” I’ve already discredited my attempt to make the act itself a goal…baby steps, alright! Dammit, I’m indicating steps again!)… Read the rest
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For this week’s edition of the Definitely Prepared to Discuss Book Club Discussion Series I thought I was supposed to read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. I was wrong.
See hair in Turkey, skulls in Paris, an Arm in Maryland, several penises in Iceland, and human skin pants in Iceland, really Iceland again? You can even visit a few strange human part themed roadside attractions in my novel I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin.
Avanos Hair Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey contains hair samples, names and addresses from more than 16,000 women from all around the world. The founder, Chez Galip, admits that the hair collection began as a way to increase membership in his pottery workshops.
While visitors to the cave are not required to donate a lock of hair, each year Galip does select 10 locks of hair at random whose owners are awarded with a trip back to his pottery studio and are allowed to stay in his guest house free of charge.
The Catacombs of Paris, are essentially underground walls and walls and walls built with human skulls.… Read the rest
So…a book club, huh, that I’m leading because, well, I definitely read this book. All of the words. So if you too read all of the words in Infinite Jest then join me as I extrapolate meaning and wonder from this book.… Read the rest
Immobility is about an amnesiac man named Horkai, and in typical amnesic style Horkai begins this novel having no idea who he is, where he is, or who those around him are. So, he must trust the word of those around him, namely a man named Rasmus. Rasmus tells Horkai that he has been brought out of a cryogenic state after 30 or so years and must go on a mission to retrieve something for Rasmus. So, Horkai does.
Now the first half of the novel plays around with Horkai’s alternating discovery of and hesitation to accept his surrounds. It’s a typical blank memory novel for a while. But then, the novel quickly becomes so much more. It becomes, what I interpret, as a commentary on organized religion, specifically the aggressive, and perhaps selfish, nature of religions missionaries.
See, during Horkai’s journey, he finds people who seem very willing, eager even, to help him.… Read the rest