Arctica, You, and Neo-Brutalism

“The universal condition of mankind,” said novelist John Fowles, “[is] a state of loss.” To which the equally penetrating Günter Grass returned: “There is a mania to call the lost thing until it returns.” The lost thing, which undid humankind eons ago, lives in Arctica. In you. That country far of purple twilight, where icy waters […]

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The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas: Book Review

This novel retrieved a sensation comparable to that inspired by my pre-Internet explorations of so-called underground literature: Céline, Henry Miller, Kerouac and the Beats, Bukowski, the spectrum of conspiracy-themed books, pamphlets, videos, and gonzo-style journalism. Nick Mamatas’ The Last Weekend—despite claims from recent reviews—doesn’t read like or otherwise emulate these works, but is filtered through […]

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THE GREYS HAVE BEEN FRAMED: Book Review

In order to give the reader a succinct summary of Jack Brewer’s recently published The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, the book’s back-cover copy serves best: “[The book] explores the ways deception, sensationalism, and questionable ethics characterize the UFO genre. With interviews and insights from James Carrion, Leah Haley, Dr. Tyler Kokjohn, Simone […]

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