Fathomless Sounding (1932) by Gertrude Hermes.
• Over at Greydogtales (“weird fiction, weird art and even weirder lurchers”) I talk about art, design, the writing of this blog, and I also reveal more about my ongoing Axiom project. The latter currently stands at two novels, a couple of half-finished stories and a few pieces of artwork. I may be unveiling some of the art in the new year so watch this space.
• Howard Brookner’s Burroughs: The Movie (1983), a definitive film portrait of William Burroughs, is released at last on DVD/Blu-ray. US-only for the moment but further releases elsewhere are promised. The director’s nephew, Aaron Brookner, has a documentary about his uncle released next year.
• “…beautifully articulated bawdiness, perverse pleasures and a radical, though nondidactic, political view.” Melissa Anderson reviews Boyd McDonald’s Cruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to Oldies.
The crisis, as Ellis and Silk tell it, is the wildly speculative nature of modern physics theories, which they say reflects a dangerous departure from the scientific method. Many of today’s theorists — chief among them the proponents of string theory and the multiverse hypothesis — appear convinced of their ideas on the grounds that they are beautiful or logically compelling, despite the impossibility of testing them. Ellis and Silk accused these theorists of “moving the goalposts” of science and blurring the line between physics and pseudoscience. “The imprimatur of science should be awarded only to a theory that is testable,” Ellis and Silk wrote, thereby disqualifying most of the leading theories of the past 40 years. “Only then can we defend science from attack.”
Natalie Wolchover on A Fight for the Soul of Science
• “Psychedelics can’t be tested using conventional clinical trials,” says Nicolas Langlitz.
• At Dangerous Minds: Ralph Steadman illustrates Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
• Why does Moby-Dick (sometimes) have a hyphen? Erin Blakemore investigates.
• My thanks again to Dennis Cooper for including this blog on his year-end list.
• Cian Traynor was given 20 minutes to ask Ennio Morricone some questions.
• Lolita at 60: Ten writers reconsider Nabokov’s novel, page by page.
• At Ballardian: High-Rise: Wheatley vs Cronenberg.
• Poison Ivy: The Queen of Psychobilly Punk