Thursday, August 08, 2013

Fallen Idols: Nothing Like Being Scared

“You love the end product, but you don’t really want to know how it’s made.”

“If we didn’t read people who were bastards, we’d never read anything,” says Mary Karr. “Even the best of us are at least part-time bastards” Fallen Idols

When it comes to ideas, be a flirt, says Ben Kafka. Make everything unstable, uncertain; test the limits of your knowledge. Risk a slide into dilettantism. What sorts of explanations do we offer,” Kafka writes, “what sorts of anecdotes do we share, what sorts of ridicule do we heap on that man or woman on the other side of the desk or telephone?” He regards paperwork as one of the most ubiquitous, least understood forms of media in modern history

Portrait of madness. Shirley Jackson experimented with voodoo and tried to raise the devil. Her writing conveyed its own shock Nothing Like Being Scared

Comanchero boss Jay Malkoun sells up for new life overseas