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The monstrous tome


So it arrived at last, yesterday in fact, the colossal volume that is A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by HP Lovecraft from Centipede Press. Calling this a book is like calling the Great Pyramid of Cheops a pile of stones, technically accurate but the words somewhat fail to convey the existential reality. This is the […]

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A postcard from Doctor Kafka


From the German National Library, a postcard dated 1918 from Franz Kafka to his publisher, Kurt Wolff. These are press images so the links are to big scans. Previously on { feuilleton } • Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker • Hugo Steiner-Prag’s Golem • Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka • Kafka and Kupka

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The book covers archive


Previous posts about book covers or cover design. • MC Escher book covers • HPL in France • Invisible Cities: Miscellanea • La Bibliothèque de Babel • Philippe Caza covers • Moravagine book covers • In Homage to Priapus • Acid covers • Morning of the Magicians book covers • Doctor Moreau book covers • […]

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“The game is afoot!”


Jeremy Brett in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle. A few words of praise for Jeremy Brett is his role as the world’s greatest detective, for my money the definitive screen Sherlock Holmes. I’ve spent the past few weeks working my way through the complete run of TV adaptations that Granada Television produced from 1984 […]

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Alexandre Alexeieff and Claire Parker


Before the Law from The Trial (1962). I’d wanted to write something about this pair of animators last year but at the time there was none of their work available for online viewing. This situation has now been remedied thanks to the ubiquitous YouTube. This is Kafka-related once again since most people have seen Alexeieff/Parker’s […]

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Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka


Do you detect a theme this week? The recent Pragueness had me watching this favourite film again. I unfairly dismissed Soderbergh after his debut, Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), which I found to be two hours of yuppie tedium despite its winning the Palme D’Or at Cannes. That prize did enable him to make Kafka […]

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Kafka and Kupka


And speaking of Kafka, today’s book purchase was this 1979 story collection. The picture on the cover is a coloured aquatint and my favourite work by Czech artist Frantisek Kupka (1871–1957). Resistance, or The Black Idol (1903). Kupka is one of the more unique artists of the period, having begun his career in the Symbolist […]

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Alexander Hammid


Two short films by Maya Deren’s husband are now available for viewing at Ubuweb. I’ve known about Hammid’s work for years but this is the first time I’ve seen any of it so these additions are very welcome. In a reversal of the usual state of affairs, the works of the wife overshadowed those of […]

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Defend Dave Reeves!


From the latest Arthur email bulletin: DON’T FREAK OUT BUT… Something stupid happened to Arthur magazine “Do the Math” columnist/motorcyclist/writer/ “Defend Brooklyn” creator Dave Reeves late last year in Burbank and now he’s being tickled by the Burbank D.A. for fines, probation and even a jailing on some bogus-on-their-face criminal charges. Call it weird, call […]

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Karel Plicka’s views of Prague


Bridge Street, from Prague in Pictures (1940). A shame there isn’t more of Plicka’s atmospheric photography on the web, his views of Prague present the city the way we usually imagine it from the stories of Kafka and Gustav Meyrinck. This site features a very small selection from the 220 plates that comprise his Prague […]

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Aldous Huxley on Piranesi’s Prisons


I scanned this essay years ago from a library copy of a 1949 edition of Piranesi’s Carceri d’Invenzione (Trianon Press, London). It’s worth reproducing here since it’s still one of the best analyses I’ve read of these fascinating and enigmatic drawings. Online reproduction quality of Piranesi’s work is dismayingly low for the most part. And […]

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Architects of Fear

I 1920: the writer sits, at night, an old city asleep outside his window, dim light upon the empty page. He sits and waits for the words. When the words arrive he sets them down, hopelessly he often feels, a pointless task he submits to with resignation. Recurrent illness has been a rebuke against expectation, […]

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