November 25th 2022
The image jumped out at me, crystalizing a specific posture, a way of sliding to the ground and propping up against a wall, a door, (or a car) that seemed to epitomize something in life and the world around the 1960's and 1970's and beyond. I've come to call it The Slump. The Slump occurs in certain key movies or moments when the characters (or yourself) face a reckoning, a metaphysical shock, a resignation, imminent or actual annihilation, or even strange victory...
November 2nd 2022
On Thomas Ligotti's "The Town Manager"
...where Lovecraft is a fundamentally epistemological writer, Ligotti is something more like a fundamentally ontological writer. The inherent downfall not in what we are unable to know or understand, but in what we are unable to change—the state of affairs; the facts of the matter. Knowledge, for Ligotti, is at times an afterthought: we can recognize—disgustedly—the failure at the center of things, the entropy that does not hang on the world, but on which the world hangs, or from which the world metastasizes...