Friday, February 27, 2015


(Yyldyz Hotel, Ashgabat, via dntours-business dot com)

Rockabilly as a lifestyle.

" 'I choose not to believe in any gods as an act of charity,' Marcus said.

'Charity toward whom?'

'Toward the gods. Seems rude to think they couldn't make a world better than this,' Marcus said." --Daniel Abraham, The Dragon's Path (2011)

Missing Scholz's Star.

"Black buzzards were hanging in the hot air discussing whether this would be ‘carrion evening’ or not." --R A Lafferty, "Tongues of the Matagorda" (1982)

The palindromes of Bletchley Park. "Many of the great palindromes we know today were published immediately after World War II in the British journal Notes and Queries by one man, an itinerant engineer from the northwest suburbs of London." (via metafilter)

Guide to the Phantom Dark Age.

"and such pain is so familiar
that I know its colour!...--"

--Gennady Aygi, Selected Poems 1954-94 tr P France (1997)

Rimbaud museum in Harar.

"Hugo Black was once required by politeness to attend the funeral of a legal colleague he disliked. When a late-arriving colleague asked what had happened thus far, he replied, 'The defense opened.' " --Arthur Hlavaty, in: Nice Distinctions 26

"The essential color..."

"Shaviro helps to restore to poiesis its properly antic and slapstick materiality." --Kurt Newman in The New Inquiry (via woods_lot)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

tongue-eating parasite

(via sweetspider on tumblr)

" Much mockery has been made of artists spelling their band names with strange typographic symbols, but in the early days of witch house this had a specific intent: namely to create a 'lexical darknet'...A powerful, addictive, stolen kind of music..."

"If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it."

--Zora Neale Hurston

Slavic Witch House & beyond.

("Tigers in the Night" by Erik Olson, via Kristin Chang)

More about the Random Darknet Shopper.

"And if they take your sleep away sometimes
They give it back again..."

--Hart Crane

A Fire on Dunwich Beach.

"My father, who had recently been promoted to the position of state painter in the local town bureau in compensation for his sufferings in labour camps during the Cultural Revolution, had all these literary magazines and Western music records in his office – chained to the shelves so that no one could steal them." --Xiaolu Guo via kristinchang dot com

End of the Silk Road anthems.


Monday, February 09, 2015


"This restoration of the O to the kingdom heart, Escher on his stairs..."

An amoeba move in on an iron crumb."

--Frederick Manfred

"By Modernism, the greatest poets are like the villains on the old Batman tv show, each known for his or her own inimitable brand of eccentricity, whether it’s Marianne Moore’s tricorn, Cummings’s typography, or Pound’s broadcasting career."

"...a sly, inexorable carousel" --Henry Roth

Propp's narratemes.

"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know." --Diane Arbus

Second ana.

(pic by Paolo Jales via ayahuasca-info dot com)

"The existence of these clusters is so little known that most people don't realize when they're nearing the epicenter of Fort Meade's, even when the GPS on their car dashboard suddenly begins giving incorrect directions, trapping the driver in a series of U-turns, because the government is jamming all nearby signals." --Top Secret America, quoted on bldgblog

The Old Straight Way.


Tuesday, February 03, 2015

gerbil killers

(pic via @SaladinAhmed)

Taken by the Pterodactyl.

"...the only thing that I have learned about all people, that they are ghostly and that they are sometimes split-off. But no one can ever know for sure which part of the split is himself." --R A Lafferty

The Man Who Was Thursday dramatized.

"It is the sick clown who comes out of the great pain, and his motley is a deformity." --Lafferty


"The ghosts of history are in the details, in the negative space." --Cornelia Read

The first ghost planet.

"Philosophy breaks language from its moorings, sending it flying in new trajectories. In this respect, it is what Deleuze and Guattari called a “minor language” and stuttering. It’s left handed." --Larval Subjects blog

Momus on Kahimi Karie.

(via flickrhivemind dot net)


"Just as chopped and screwed lethargy seems to be everywhere between beats and vaporwave, this convergence amounts to the return of speed and complexity in ways guaranteed to blister even your internet-accelerated brain..."

"One day he announced he was going to write on the dwarf-kidnapping trade in the Middle East." (via The Page)