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Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
7:54 pm
What is this bizarre traumatizing book?

I just joined this community- purely to ask about this book.
When I was a kid my mom bought a book at a garage sale. I don't really remember what it was called- something like Night of the Grizzly or something like that. I have no idea who the author was. It was a picture book about a king and queen having an anniversary and they want to get gifts for each other. The king kills a crocodile and has it made into a purse. The queen hired a hunter to kill a bear and then made it into a cloak. The big day arrives and they exchange gifts with the entire kingdom watching. Suddenly the queen starts screaming because the purse is eating her hand, but the king is having problems of his own with his cloak, which has come to life and is crushing him to death! There were full page colour pictures of the queens foot hanging out of her purse with puddles of blood all over the floor. The whole thing really freaked me out, and when my mom saw the book's ending she threw it out. Now I'm really curious to know more about this book. I'm assuming it was written as a commentary on killing animals for fashion, and such views are valid, but you can make them without giving kids nightmares for years! Does anybody have any idea about this book? I can't find anything about it on the internet.

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, July 14th, 2008
10:45 pm
The Man Who Taught His Asshole to Talk
I came across this little story by William S. Burroughs several years ago called:


So, I have no idea exactly what it is from, or if it's just a small portion of a larger work by him. However, in searching for the text to post here I discovered that it is also a song/spoken word track from a CD of his released in 1993 called Spare Ass Annie And Other Tales. You can listen to an excerpt of the track there. In fact, maybe this was originally a spoken word track that just got transcribed?

Hmm...my stunning lack of specific knowledge of this piece makes me want to go out and learn more about Burroughs now...

Current Mood: mellow
4:37 pm
Gravity's Rainbow
I got it last week at Pike's Place Market. I couldn't find Heart of Darkness or fucking Confessions of an English Opium Eater, but I was able to find Thomas Pynchon's "unreadable" Gravity's Rainbow for 6$...

I heard it didn't get the Pulitzer Prize because most of the jury members weren't able to understand it.
11:54 am
algernon blackwood

Has anyone ever read The Willows by Algernon Blackwood?

It sort of reminded me of H.P. Lovecraft, except in Europe.
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