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Nihil Loc
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Posted 06/08/08 - 11:05 PM:
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A present day rendition of Munch's Scream would only require a few changes in detail.

The figure would have a t-shirt with a designer logo visible on the front. A cell phone would be visible between his hand clasped to his right ear and there would be some source of noise to the left of the picture causing the man to cover his other ear. He'd be screaming into his cell phone trying to overcome the din of this external noise.

Perhaps also some billboards advertising fast food beyond the bridge in the background and a family of tourists in brightly colored clothes who contrast with the lurid colors of the painting.

Oh, yes, The Scream.
They say we know all about it but read into it only what it tells us of ourselves.
An attempt to let a member of our circle hear us amidst the noise.

The man is yelling :"Can't you hear me now!?"
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Well, no one said we can't waste new topic space.

I told you I wouldn't if I were you.

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Posted 06/08/08 - 11:09 PM:

This is also a confessional both for all reasons why you can't contribute to the collaborative story board started by Midnight Monk.

I'm just too drunk at the moment to type, and when I am absolutely sober the critic tells me there is nothing in my life that makes for good reading... further he says, and I agree, I have the imagination and attention span of a five year old.

Pity...
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Posted 06/08/08 - 11:11 PM:

One more thing, the critic wanted to put in. He says I have erroneous comma placement disease. It is a Tourette's like tic. I just comma, comma, comma, can't help it.
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Posted 06/09/08 - 9:28 AM:

any five-year-olds with your imagination and articulation would be prodigies. (and your attention span far surpasses mine if you finished cosmos and psyche. i think i got as far as chapter 13.)

it's not a waste of topic space.
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Posted 06/09/08 - 12:31 PM:

I have never understood what that painting is about or the hype surrounding it. I once wrote a crazy short story at school about it it, I was probably about thirteen at the time. In the story it was a man trying to escape from a prison camp that used high pitched screams to disable potential escapee's!laughing
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Posted 06/10/08 - 12:59 AM:

nexus wrote:
I have never understood what that painting is about or the hype surrounding it. I once wrote a crazy short story at school about it it, I was probably about thirteen at the time. In the story it was a man trying to escape from a prison camp that used high pitched screams to disable potential escapee's


Actually, the figure in Munch's painting was based on a very distant relative of mine. He was a good friend of Munch. He and Munch were pulling some shenanigans in the park one day and Munch decided to try and scare him by showing him a Talboron. Suffice it to say it was an exaggerated scream which they both laughed themselves silly about afterwards. Munch wanted to remember the day so he did the painting.

I don't care for fancy lies.
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Posted 06/10/08 - 9:38 AM:

nihil wrote:
I don't care for fancy lies.

surely you have a favorite fiction writer?

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Posted 06/11/08 - 6:40 PM:

lib wrote:
surely you have a favorite fiction writer?


The sci fi surrealism of J.G. Ballard, J.L. Borges, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, along with the great dystopian works of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, Aldous Huxley. It is not so much the author as a dark sublime aesthetic that comes about in works like Golding's Lord of the Flies or Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Authors that tend to highlight man's brutal and irrational side, I like.

Ballard's prose has always been a bit arduous for me though, like hacking through brambles. Vonnegut has very efficient and welcoming prose, as if your in a little raft flowing down a gentle river, similar to Conrad.

I actually don't read a lot. Am redreading J.K. Rowling's series at the moment.

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Posted 06/11/08 - 9:53 PM:

have you read any neil gaiman? if not, i recommend checking out his "fragile things". it's a collection of short stories, sort of fantasy & horror mixed together. i don't know very well how to describe the writing style, but it strikes me as something you might enjoy.
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Posted 06/18/08 - 3:32 AM:

Neil Gaiman is yet to be sought. You've given me a Borders or Barnes and Noble adventure, lib. Perhaps this Thursday I'll go hunting for a book of his.
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