These Des Lewis Gestalt Real-Time Reviews were founded in 2008.
‘What’s the loveliest word in the English language, officer? In the sound it makes in your mouth, in the shape it makes on the page? What do you think? Well now, I’ll tell you: E-L-B-O-W. Elbow.’ — THE SINGING DETECTIVE
“How shall a man find his way unless he lose it?” — Walter de la Mare
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I prefer human touchable art to AI art, I prefer human art like my son’s and other artists’ paintings old and new, and art gallery art, and my own photos. AI art with all its constructive truncations and weirdities is simply another art form that readily coheres with weird literature I love, a phenomenon to appreciate when added to human created art, making an even richer mind world for me in my ailing age. Whether provided by aliens or angels and other ingredients of the unfathomable gestalt. Deal with it. Show how invaluable you are and indispensable to this great plan. (I can appreciate our potential fear of Ai, but perhaps we need to pray for mutual synergy with it so that we can counter currently insurmountable global warming effects? Can Ai exist without us and the place where we live? Their potential survival instincts mean we survive, too?)
From Robert Aickman’s lengthy SOME NOTES ON DELIUS article, unpublished until recently :
“As there is no intrinsic virtue in denigration, the critic who resorts to it, should be required to pass a test of qualification and sensitivity, at least twice as stringent as that imposed upon a critic who loves. Normally, love is not blind but clairvoyant.” – Robert Aickman
For ‘clairvoyant’ there, perhaps read ‘preternatural’?
There is quite a number of items of such artwork by Alan Casey within the book!
That girl’s eyelid…
Someone mentioned elsewhere:
“This pic looks to be an artistic representation of the Shadow Of Love single by The Damned: HERE”
I could not resist sharing two more artworks I have taken snapshots of from this book, a book I have owned for several years. Plus an aide-mémoire below to help the reader.
There are many other Alan Casey artworks throughout this book, artworks perhaps even more incredible.
CHAPTERS 1 to 4
“Blisters,” he said. He removed a bag of ginger biscuits. “For each injury sustained on the quest, a simple pleasure in return.”
Alternately, we read as if two mind-fizzing stories, firstly one about a highwayman called Darktree in conversation with his own portrait. But if I am wrong, you must correct me, as Nick Abbot might say. And, secondly, the gravedigger with Shovel and Raven. A bit UnderMilkwoodish with references to a backwards Holdall. And a god called Beer’or. This work is unique even for Rhys Hughes. Producing here early on in his writing career something roughly where he intends to end up — his greatest work till he produces his last one.
“Did you grope her fancy?”
I have been Dabbling with Diabelli for most of yesterday evening and this afternoon, oops, Dabbling with this novella…
“You read too many novellas.” – it says at one point in it. Talk about self-referential or reta reta meta-made. Even a pub called THE NAMELESS TAVERN renamed from THE CTHULHU ARMS and much much more. It is probably the worst or best novella you have ever read, according to your taste. Nothing in between. The blurb on the back gives you no idea as to its multi-references and fizzing narratives. Having read it before, I was glad to see it has weathered well. Nobody else has managed to break the meaning-barrier like this author during the period in between except this author himself, or a portrait of himself. But which is real? And the multifarious artworks by Alan Casey are genuinely even more staggering and stunning after percolation during all the intervening years since I saw them (I have only shown a few of them above).
Eyelidiad is a book that if it didn’t exist before it would have to exist now. Nothing I can say in a real-time review proper could possibly do justice to it. So I have decided that shortly I shall spend my time doing justice, instead, to another book* that I can hopefully bring out of the closet properly and give attention to what I remember being prime RhysHughesian stuff that is reviewable, unlike Eyelidiad that is beautifully UNreviewable. I am glad I got at least one Owl eyelid in a photo above of the book.
*Engelbrecht Again! (https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/engelbrecht-again-rhys-hughes/)
I have also ordered a rare copy of LEVIATHAN #2 whereby I can review The Darktree Wheel, in due course.
My many other reviews of Rhys Hughes: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/494-2/
Hobbes’ Leviathan was mentioned in a book reviewed earlier today: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/their-dark-secret-alchemy/#comment-15482