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“let’s blow this thing and go home”. part 1 of 21.

Two old notes, but good ones. And as I’m on the home straight now, you might start seeing me post a little more often in the next three weeks (that’s 21 days to go).

The first, I think I got via Jonathan Carroll.

Raymond Chandler, in a letter to Frederick Lewis Allen (editor of Harper’s Magazine) 7th May 1948:

My theory was that [the readers] just thought they cared about the action; but really, although they didnt know it, they cared very little about the action. The things that they really cared about, and that I cared about, were the creation of emotion through dialogue and description; the things they remembered, that haunted them, were not for example that a man got killed, but that in the moment of death he was trying to pick a paper clip up off the polished surface of a desk, and it kept slipping away from him, so that there was a look of strain of his face and his mouth was half opened in a kind of tormented grin, and the last thing in the world he thought about was death. He didnt even hear death knock at the door. That damn paper clip kept slipping away from his fingers and he just wouldnt push it to the edge of the desk and catch it as it fell.

The second is for all of the admirers of postmodern thought out there.

In light of his writings on the nature of subjective reality, Steven Poole’s obituary for Baudrillard begins; “Jean Baudrillard’s death did not take place. “Dying is pointless,” he once wrote. “You have to know how to disappear.”“.


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