by dunce two on December 17, 2014

Test Post.  Having some technical difficulties.  Again.  The main problem is with the comments.  I can still see them, and respond, but there is a problem on the display of the site itself.  Working on it.  Hang in there, if anyone is still out there.

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Blood Meridian, The Musical!

by dunce two on December 12, 2014

Okay, not really the musical, but an album by Ben Nichols inspired by the book.  This was pointed out to me by a fellow Goodreader and McCarthy/Blood Meridian enthusiast.  It’s kind of blowing my mind.

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Blood Meridian, Chapter Fifteen: “You think I’m afraid of him?”

December 12, 2014

A new contract, a lottery, an escape, a sacrifice.  Oh, and the ogdoad (i.e. a group or set of eight) [shiver].  The chapter heading is rich with the promise of big, wild events to come (note: these chapter headings are increasingly becoming one of my favorite parts of Blood Meridian) .  Glanton’s group leaves Ures […]

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Blood Meridian, Chapter Fourteen: “Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.”

December 11, 2014

INTRODUCTION There are three major events in this chapter: (1) the group’s visit to the small stone town of Jesús María; (2) the group’s visit to Ures, the capital of the state of Sonora (curious, I looked on a map, and Jesús María is about 1570 kilometers, or (by my rough guesstimation) approximately 981 miles […]

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Blood Meridian, Chapter Twelve, Part II: “There’s enough to go around.”

December 10, 2014

The indian slaughter chapters are the most gruesome, shocking, and unforgettable.  They are also some of the most vivid and beautifully, if terrifyingly, written.  Chapter 12 continues as Glanton’s band has found the Gileños and they are preparing for attack at first light.  Glanton gives a rousing speech of sorts: “When we ride in it’s […]

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Blood Meridian, Chapter Twelve, Part I: “[F]or what could be said to occur unobserved?”

December 9, 2014

This chapter begins with the band of scalp-hunters traveling stealthily, only by night, and going to great lengths to cover any tracks (using clay to cover any indication of nail marks in their horses’ hooves, “bur[ying] their stool like cats,” even spitting their tobacco into pouches).  It is unclear whether this is purely done because […]

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Writing What You Want

December 3, 2014

I read yesterday, and have read several places recently, that one of the key universal characteristics of a good and happy author is that they never write anything they don’t want to.  This might seem obvious, even to the point of being silly, but I still like it.  In a sense, I write for work, […]

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Reading Hard Stuff

December 3, 2014

Having just finished Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra, I was eager to see what others thought of the book.  I discovered an interesting phenomenon.  Some people enjoyed the book but gave it a low rating because of the dark and disturbing subject matter.  Others did not enjoy the writing, but gave it high marks because of […]

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Is Poetry Dead?

November 15, 2014

When I went to the library this week, I was disturbed to discover that I could not seem to find the poetry section.  I don’t go to this particular branch too frequently, and I knew they had recently done some remodeling, but after a considerable search, I still had found nary a tome.  Finally, in […]

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The Science of Happiness

November 4, 2014

I had the opportunity to read an article here recently entitled “The Surprising Science Behind ‘Supremely Happy’ People.”  Ever in the pursuit of a higher state of happiness, I was intrigued by a list within the article compiled by “happiness researcher” (how awesome would that job be?) Kate Bratskeir.  According to Ms. Bratskeir, supremely happy […]

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