Unca Harlan's Art Deco Dining Pavilion

Discussion of the man and his work.

Welcome to the Art Deco Dining Pavilion! Here's the deal. This is Harlan's little breakfast nook at Webderland. When he's not here, we chat about him and his work. When he is, we act like we're guests in his home. That's about all there is to it. (link to More specific rules) Oh, and since the nook doesn't exactly hold a crowd (and to prevent the less frequent voices from being drowned out), please limit yourself to one post a day unless Harlan asks you a direct question. The Pavilion Annex is available if you're the logorrheic type. Also, we have archives of old posts. RSS Feed

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Hmm...
- Saturday, April 20 2019 17:36:44


Off WHAT topic?


Le
Nong Khiaw, Laos - Saturday, April 20 2019 13:13:23

OFF-TOPIC: new Serling biography and FIRST MAN

I just finished reading the new Rod Serling called ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION by Nicholas Parisi. At over 500 pages, it's likely the be the most thorough single book on the man and his career to date. Academic but very readable and informative, it was difficult to put down. Highly recommended!

+++++++++

For fans of the film FIRST MAN--an elegiac, strangely moving film reminding us of the often great human cost of manned exploration--I found two great performances of the film's haunting musical themes. I think the melancholy music (as well as the superb cinematography and handheld camerawork reminiscent of Super 8 home movies appropriate for the period, and that moon scene--especially that heartrending moment at the crater--was sublime) really helped make the movie. The first one is a lovely piano arrangement of that recurring harp theme that appears in different variations. The one below is of my favorite of its many guises--"Sextant":

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6pfVubeuk

The other main theme was used to great effect during the "Crater" scene. And first, it sounds like a mournful, wordless vocal of a soprano. But then you tealize it's coming from an instrument--the unmistakable theremin (which reminds a little of a Vietnamese instrument called the đàn bầu):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3620qLCsbE






Robert Nason <Nightwriterblue82@gmail.com >
Whitestone , New York - Friday, April 19 2019 14:57:12

Jeet Heer celebrates the art of the late Gene Wolfe:

https://newrepublic.com/article/153615/gene-wolfe-proust-science-fiction


An April Fool
- Friday, April 19 2019 8:40:36

Sign on local church today:

"If it wasn't for Good Friday, there would be no Easter."



My thought balloon: So...y'all should be *thanking* Judas Iscariot today???


Argendeli
- Thursday, April 18 2019 12:36:26

No problem. Just curious.


Just Sayin'
- Thursday, April 18 2019 12:21:49


Oh. Yeah, sorry. I probably wasn't posting when she was, but I was reading the board from time to time then. And I remember some of her occasional posts, and that you and she were a pair. So I was "just saying" hello since it has been a while. Sorry for any confusion, and hope this helps.


Argendeli
- Wednesday, April 17 2019 16:31:57

Oops, meant to write, Cindy does not know anyone with the name “Just Sayin”. Care to elaborate?


Argendeli
- Wednesday, April 17 2019 14:28:44

Hey Just Sayin,

Cindy does know anyone with that name. Care to elaborate?


Just Sayin'
- Wednesday, April 17 2019 8:46:45

Argendeli

Thank you for that link. And say hey to Cindy.


Jerry Seward <thinman@journalist.com>
Saginaw, Michigan - Wednesday, April 17 2019 7:17:13

RE: Has the time come for "Nackles"?
I wrote to Jordan Peele about this on social media - no response. Still trying to contact him.


Argendeli
- Tuesday, April 16 2019 11:52:6

Sad to hear about Mr. Wolfe. Though the only work I have of his is a work co-authored with Neil Gaiman A WALKING TOUR OF THE SHAMBLES which they both signed at a con. Still unread.

Here is a link to the Harlan tribute book from PS Publishing that Camelot Books will be selling for US readers not wanting to pay UK postage:

https://camelotbooks.com/books/detail/the-unquiet-dreamer-a-tribute-to-harlan-ellison


Brian Phillips
McDonough, GA - Tuesday, April 16 2019 7:28:38

Has the time come for "Nackles"?
There has been no talk, I am not a Hollywood insider, but now that we have a new version of the Twilight Zone, wouldn't it be interesting to have Harlan Ellison's version of Donald Westlake's story "Nackles" finally make it to air?

Ed Asner's still around...

- Brian Phillips


Brian Phillips
McDonough, GA - Monday, April 15 2019 14:21:10

Gene Wolfe has passed.
https://boingboing.net/2019/04/15/goodbye-gene.html


Christine
New Mexico - Sunday, April 14 2019 9:48:48

Argendeli
Another thanks for the heads-up -- something to look forward to this summer!


Just Sayin'
- Saturday, April 13 2019 17:54:21


Let us know when an American version appears.


Le
Pakse, Laos - Friday, April 12 2019 20:14:22

more on the upcoming Ellison tribute....


Argendeli-

Thank you so much for the heads-up on the upcoming THE UNQUIET DREAMER: A TRIBUTE TO HARLAN ELLISON.

For those interested, you can read more about it here, and the Table of Contents is listed:

http://file770.com/ellison-tribute-the-unquiet-dreamer-toc-announced/


Argendeli
- Friday, April 12 2019 8:29:12

I just read that PS Publishing has just offered presage offers for THE UNQUIET DREAMER: A TRIBUTE TO HARLAN ELLISON. Offered are unsigned hardcover for £60 or signed/slipcase for £95. Due out in August.


Ezra
- Wednesday, April 10 2019 18:21:19

Bow down - I am the Emperor of Dreams...
Kind words, Robert and I appreciate the link.

Andrew it is because of folks like yourself and Joshi that these artists do not slip into underserved obscurity. And these efforts seem to be paying off. The cult lives still and now spring must ever afterward be a poison to me...

THE DARK EIDOLON fulfills its function which is to give the reader new to CAS's work a way in. Kudos to Joshi who insisted on including a significant amount of Smith's poetry. Just because I don't get it doesn't mean there is nothing to be had.

Sorry if in my last post I gave too negative an impression of FEDOGAN AND BREMER. They do have one unalloyed masterpiece among their releases and that is here-

https://www.fedoganandbremer.com/products/fungi-from-yuggoth-deluxe-2-disk-set

This is a remastered, expanded CD version of a early 80s cassette only release (everybody remembers cassettes, right?) containing a reading of HPL's own poetry cycle, FUNGI FROM YUGGOTH. It's read by John Arthur (about whom I know nothing other than his work here) floating in clouds of spooky electronic ambient musical wonderment composed by Mike Olson (about whom etc).

This my own favorite HPL audio media production. The words and music fit together perfectly. The music achieves the feat of making the words more interesting than if they were just lying there on the page. (Actually F&B do have another release that is a more of less straight reading of HPL's poetry with an occasional orchestral flourish. If you insist.)


Chuck Messer
- Wednesday, April 10 2019 6:58:1

Now, THIS is what I most love about this community.

Thanks guys, I needed that.

Chuck


Christopher Stout
Michigan - Tuesday, April 9 2019 10:58:4

The Super Hits It Is

Thanks for getting me on track with CAS, you guys. I just ordered THE DARK EIDOLON. I really appreciate your time.


Andrew J. Wilson <ajwpublishing@gmail.com>
Edinburgh, Scotland - Tuesday, April 9 2019 6:20:50

Klarkash-Ton
Christopher, I would recommend THE DARK EIDOLON AND OTHER FANTASIES as the place to start. It contains a useful introduction by S. T. Joshi, some of Smith's best short stories, and a good selection of his prose poems and poetry.

Almost everything is freely available online at the dedicated C.A.S. website, The Eldritch Dark: http://www.eldritchdark.com/

I invested in the five volumes of Night Shade Books' COLLECTED FANTASIES and the additional MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH, all of which are now available as e-books. But then, I had been bitten by the C.A.S. bug!


Andrew J. Wilson <ajwpublishing@gmail.com>
Edinburgh, Scotland - Tuesday, April 9 2019 6:20:50

Klarkash-Ton
Christopher, I would recommend THE DARK EIDOLON AND OTHER FANTASIES as the place to start. It contains a useful introduction by S. T. Joshi, some of Smith's best short stories, and a good selection of his prose poems and poetry.

Almost everything is freely available online at the dedicated C.A.S. website, The Eldritch Dark: http://www.eldritchdark.com/

I invested in the five volumes of Night Shade Books' COLLECTED FANTASIES and the additional MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH, all of which are now available as e-books. But then, I had been bitten by the C.A.S. bug!


Tony Rabig
Parsons, KS - Monday, April 8 2019 17:56:17

Clark Ashton Smith
If memory serves, Harlan once said that one of the Smith stories that really hooked him was "City of the Singing Flame." You can find it in THE RETURN OF THE SORCERER: THE BEST OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH. Ebook edition is 6.99 at Amazon, though print copies appear to be a tad pricey. THE DARK EIDOLON includes it too. If I decided to dive into Smith's work, I'd be inclined to start with one of those.

Bests to all.


Christopher Stout
Michigan - Monday, April 8 2019 13:54:28

Clark Ashton Smith

Does anyone have a recommendation on where to start with his books? I see THE DARK EIDOLON AND OTHER FANTASIES, but that seems like somebody's idea of a Super Hits you'd find next the the jellybean stand at a flea market. It make me itchy. Which of his books is the killer?

-- Chris


Steve Evil <evening_tsar@hotmail.com>
Hammertoqn, Soviet Canuckistan - Monday, April 8 2019 11:38:12

Clark Ashton Smith
Indeed, I have had rather limited exposure to Smith (all prose, no poetry, alas), but mightily enjoyed what I read. Unca Harlan himself spoke highly of him (though for once, this was not how I discovered this author).

Amazing how the reader can make or break an audio-book.

libravox.org had hundreds of books and stories recorded entirely by volunteer readers. Because they were volunteers, the quality varied widely. My favourite was an Ambrose Bierce story, read in a very slow, dreamy voice by some British guy who turned it into a work of black comedy.

-Steve E.


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