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December 8th, 2005


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09:57 am - 1000, Joe Merchant, and a fingernail clipping
Random note: Only a magician would be this worried about a lost fingernail clipping.

On an even more random note: The entry on Salzberg was my 1,000th LJ entry.

Also:

I found Joe Merchant. I'd tell you what happened next, but that'd spoil the story.

Where Is Joe Merchant really is a great book. I was struck by how much it reminded me of the Illuminatus! Trilogy as I was reading yesterday. The book has pretty much everything you could dream of. Just to name a few of the things:

  • murder
  • sex
  • a woman with green eyes who walks back into Frank's life
  • romance and reality
  • Atlantis
  • UFO's
  • a woman who comes in contact with alien intelligence while screwing under a telescope
  • mystery
  • Alaska and Key West
  • a space ship named Cosmic Muffin
  • a rock star who couldn't take the life
  • a yellow journalist
  • a guy who finally did what we all want to do to jet ski's and Hollywood directors: blow them up
  • transmigration
  • pirates and pirate towns
  • Fidel Castro
  • an African warlord who's out for blood and a magic scepter
  • Hurricanes and sea squalls, and the Bermuda Triangle

And it's all prefectly believeable. At least, I can't say as it'd surprise me.

I think I'll go to Half Price Books today and try and locate Don't Stop the Carnival. I need to get a Norman Paperman fix. Then I'll have to get around to finishing A Salty Piece of Land. But now that I've finished with Frank Bama (with whom I found a good identification), I want to move onto Norman Paperman (with whom I've always had an identification since I first heard of him), and then back to Tully Mars (a hero of mine who turned me onto the only Catholic saint I have any devotion for, St. Barbara). I'm not sure if I'll like Norman or Tully better, but I imagine one of those two will be more. . . I dunno.

Happily ever after, now and then. . . indeed. Understanding that it of vital importance to me.

It's funny, but my longest vacation since I started work here has only left me wanting to be back at it. . . not at all rested and returned to work.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Fruitcakes", -JB

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From:chronarchy
Date:December 8th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Joe Merchant vs Illuminatus!

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I dunno. I think it's kinda the way life is. You start out comfortable, and then things go off the deep end really fast. :) I'm not so sure that Illuminatus! is much different, really. There may just be a much shorter period of "Oh, things seem kinda normal." Consider that George Dorn wasn't always so damn messed up :)

I think that the end of Illuminatus! is actually not all that unbelievable. Perhaps the novels are flipped, as messed-up stuff was still happening in the last few pages of Merchant.

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