catalog

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Weird sync, I'm reading pynchons against the day and they are currently in ostend, for a conference about TIME.

One of the guys off the airship has met someone from the future who has taken him out cycling and told him that the same site is going to be a bloodbath in a few years (it's set before WW1).

Looks good Craner, I vaguely know the story but not in any depth, will have a read now.
 

catalog

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Just read it, good stuff. It makes me want to listen to some Marvin gaye today.

When I think of "sexual healing", I think of the video, all red and out of focus.

For some reason, I have it in my mind that sebald mentions him living in ostend in rings of saturn, but maybe I've got that confused somewhere.
 

boxedjoy

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thank you for this.

I've never been convinced by Sexual Healing as a punchline, to be honest - it always sounds too powerful to be reduced to a meme. I'm not familiar with much of his oeuvre... yet.
 

Benny B

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This is outstanding.

After always being a big fan of his classic 60s stuff up to What's Going On, I still remember being quite shocked and depressed first reading about his decadent 70s and 80s life, and being repelled by these 'sickly' later albums for a long time. I still find them hardgoing to be honest, but they are fascinating, and you really capture why in this essay.
 
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