Nov 28

Owl Pellets: High Culture vs Mass Culture, Gang Tours, Neutral Smell, Space Colonies, Joshua Ellis Book

Yesterday, I acquired a kitchen table. This has been a dream of mine for over ten years. I have not had a table or the space for one since I was 18. That’s a lot of eating off laps.

Sitting at the table with a coffee or a book or my wife or all three is a really happy experience. I have not yet eaten there (I’m nearing the end of a novel’s first draft and, well, eating and sleeping start getting a little haphazard) but look forward to doing so.

Anyway, your owl pellets . . .


Gilles Lipovetsky, Mario Vargas Llosa “Proust is important for everyone”: A thought provoking debate about the merits of high and mass culture.
Indigenous to the Hood by Leslie Jamison: Tours of gang riddled sections of LA hosted by former gang members. A new type of disaster porn or a tool to educate?
Scientists have created the perfect neutral smell: Scientists have created the white noise of smells. Teenage potheads rejoice.
Fantastic ’70s Illustrations of Futuristic Space Colonies: NASA commissioned art of space colonies. Some beautiful images.
An American Vampire in Juarez: Getting My Teeth Pulled In Mexico’s Most Notorious Border Town: Joshua Ellis has a book out. (I think, his first.) I’ve read some of his short fiction and thought it was terrific. This book is almost certainly worth a look.

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