Thursday, February 25, 2016

Eve: The Complete Biography

 Dario Rivarossa.  To view more new work, including "The Persistence of Dunwich Pinocchio", please click HERE.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Garden of Earthly Delights: a guided tour

Please click the image to open the interactive guide:

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"The Art of Disappearing"

Vitasta Raina writes:
This was written in 2013, with clear references to the media frenzy around the Higgs Boson and the Nirbhaya Rape case. The rest of course is a he-said she-said. Doing this to test out my voice before I take up more ambitious projects.
Since the Blog world doesn't know yet, I started a YouTube channel, and uploaded some old presentation videos. This one is the first without gimmicks and just my voice.

Vitasta is the author of the novella Writer's Block, which can be purchased HERE.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Zebrapedia: Collaborative Analysis of Philip K. Dick's Exegesis

Penn State has launched a collaborative scholarship site dedicated to Philip K. Dick's Exigesis.  Over eight thousand pages, this massive, mostly hand written text remains largely unexplored. Using collaborative scholarship and 21st century networking tools, the project explores this mammoth digital text with the techniques of Swarm Scholarship and digital analysis...

That is my condensed version of the project description.
Had he lived, I suspect PKD would have revised his exegesis considerably. In back-channel discussion of the Penn State project, Tessa B. Dick observes, "Think of the Exegesis as research notes, highly repetitive and speculative."

There are things in novels like A Maze of Death and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch that represent threads of understanding which would have possibly reasserted themselves as PKD worked through (and out of) his Gnostic investigations. Such is my speculation.

If you are curious, please click HERE to explore the project.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Meanwhile in Antarctica...

Professor Hodges has blogged about a passage from one of my Bronson Bodine stories.  Please click HERE.

Horace Jeffery Hodges

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Curious, distinctive enough, and a bit clever

'On seeing this, I said to myself, "This, then, which is evidently an allegorical representation of some kind—a fiend pursuing a hunted soul—may be the origin of the story of Count Magnus and his mysterious companion. Let us see how the huntsman is pictured: doubtless it will be a demon blowing his horn."' But, as it turned out, there was no such sensational figure, only the semblance of a cloaked man on a hillock, who stood leaning on a stick, and watching the hunt with an interest which the engraver had tried to express in his attitude.
                                                                    --M.R. James, "Count Magnus"
Please click HERE to read the story.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Quantum Theory of Conscious Cities

Indian urban planner and International Authors editorial board member Vitasta Raina recently listed some intriguing concepts on the subject of "The Quantum Theory of Conscious Cities." She works up a new theory of organicism based upon the provocative and wonderfully disquisitive assumption that "If humanity is a myth, then a city is the crypt where myths accumulate." To deepen and broaden her suggestive theorizing, she offers the following illustration of the urban landscape as a conceptual field where our memories combine with the forms of place, and so produce myths through which we can communicate with one another:

Please click HERE to examine her thesis in closer detail.

Vitasta Raina reading Emanations: 2 + 2 = 5

Vitasta is the author of the novella Writer's Block, which can be purchased HERE.