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    Quote Originally Posted by you View Post
    I recommend the article by eugene thacker, very good - really into him right now.....
    Just grabbed this - thanks for the link. I was enjoying In The Dust Of This Planet before getting diverted by teaching and whatnot. Has anyone read Harman's Lovecraft book? I went on bit of a tear last night - ordered that, Bogost's Alien Phenomenology and the vampire squid book that sufi mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomos View Post
    the vampire squid book that sufi mentioned.
    that sounds pretty cool but isn't John Eden the squid don around here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomos View Post
    Just grabbed this - thanks for the link. I was enjoying In The Dust Of This Planet before getting diverted by teaching and whatnot. Has anyone read Harman's Lovecraft book? I went on bit of a tear last night - ordered that, Bogost's Alien Phenomenology and the vampire squid book that sufi mentioned.
    nomos - we should talk,... er I literally just finished emailing a woman who's reading the book - regardless of if you are her or not we should talk.*

    * - the reason I say that is she refers to me as "you" in all the texts and emails

    I finished DotP today, Slime Dynamics are next, then Harms LC tome... this is all preparatory for a cyclo reading group me and this Phd guy are planning. I need to get that squid book, gonna rip Dante and Thackers After Life first tho fo sho...
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    Yeah, it wasn't me. I'm mostly man - my avatar deceives. Along the same lines: every time I land on the home page and see "Last post by you" I think "No I never."

    I'm curious about After Life. It looks a heavier go than DotP. I'm well-versed in D&G and related, but Aristotle and Kant far less so. Jane Bennett's Vibrant Matter was alright - similar ideas (very broadly) but not so mystically-inclined. Also, I think, overly brief in that it doesn't really develop the problematics it raises.

    I might be more chatty around here again in the next while. These SR/OO/etc. books have been piling up while I finished something large and consuming. Now I've got a bit more time to let my mind wander.

    I've been meaning to ask: what music best suits Cyclo? There's something chthonic in Thomas Koner but it's too monolithic. Nate Young's Regression has some nice low-end bubble and squeak, but too much ambient space. Where's the Nemat-Sound of the Un(der)ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomos View Post

    I've been meaning to ask: what music best suits Cyclo? There's something chthonic in Thomas Koner but it's too monolithic. Nate Young's Regression has some nice low-end bubble and squeak, but too much ambient space. Where's the Nemat-Sound of the Un(der)ground?
    Pretty much anything by Cyclobe, I reckon. Their first one, Luminous Darkness for me



    but others like their last one, "Wounded Galaxies Tap At The Window"

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    ^^ that's quite good. listening to clips of the Nurse With Wound collaboration right now.

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    O/T nomos, did you ever get those Oliver Pietsch/Nick Relph films?

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    Unfortunately, no. I was a bit shy about bugging them and a bit preoccupied so I never wrote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomos View Post
    Unfortunately, no. I was a bit shy about bugging them and a bit preoccupied so I never wrote.
    Think I got them for you, will double check tonight and PM you if so

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    Quote Originally Posted by nomos View Post
    I've been meaning to ask: what music best suits Cyclo? There's something chthonic in Thomas Koner but it's too monolithic. Nate Young's Regression has some nice low-end bubble and squeak, but too much ambient space. Where's the Nemat-Sound of the Un(der)ground?
    I think this is quite good: Orphax vs The Village Orchestra - Live at McSorley's. 67 minutes of ambient drone; very discombobulating, epically alien and above all wet-sounding - you can hear 'something' bubbling away sinisterly throughout most of the recording. I remember you saying you wanted to hear something that evoked the dry, sandy desert but here you can listen to the anonymous materials flowing invisibly beneath its surface...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistersloane
    Think I got them for you, will double check tonight and PM you if so
    that would be lovely, thanks.

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    Orphax vs The Village Orchestra - Live at McSorley's
    this does the job, doesn't it. really good gurgles. thanks Tea.
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    You're welcome nomos. I do like a good gurgle, it has to be said.
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    I started on this a couple of days ago, and I'm gratified reading back through the comments here, that so many others found it hard going. I enjoyed the first section, a postmodern mystery set-up that worked nicely in its ease of reading. Obviously recalls House of Leaves in the generous attention paid to an invented, magical text/piece of media, and I suppose Borges is the common reference point for that?

    I kinda hoped the theory heavy part would have subsided by now, and that we'd have a slight return to the original story. I'm less and less hopeful that that's going to happen, but I'll plough on for a bit. I think the oil/war machine/Tellurian Omega conceit is quite good as a background, but as the main piece...?

    What I really want to see is the author 'in conversation with' Conor MacGregor, as part of a five-part youtube series where he interviews/screams in the faces of postmodern fictionalists.

    On the comprehensibility point, before beginning the book I read a few people saying that a basic knowledge of Deleuze and Guattari would be beneficial to read it. So I read a couple of quick primers, and thought the following quote encapsulated the central issue quite well:

    "Here’s the trick: do not bother trying to comprehend or understand the text. A desire for that level of control will only hinder your ability to experience it, use it, think it, and become it. To apply an analogy, I do not need to understand or comprehend my car in order for me to experience driving, to use the car to get to the grocery store, to think about the fact that I am sitting motionless while simultaneously moving rapidly through time and space, to become an extension of the car or vice versa. (In this way, Deleuze has really helped me formulate my general approach to all works of literature: I do not care to comprehend them or understand them in any way. I wish instead to experience them and use them and become them.)"

    I'm not sure if I agree entirely, but certainly a suspension of the insistent drive to understand immediately 'what it's about' can help with appreciating lots of artforms.
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