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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MY NEW AI WORLD IN 2023 HERE
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From Robert Aickman’s lengthy SOME NOTES ON DELIUS article, unpublished until recently :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’?
Greta Thunberg has significantly guest-edited today’s TODAY on BBC Radio 4 this morning.
The Facebook post at the head of this thread above has its exact seventh anniversary today. The photo was taken by me in 2008 In Norway, and the corner devices added at the time of the old FB post,
Cross-referenced Dead Astronauts with W.B. Yeats’ poem THE SECOND COMING via this Rucker story today: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/the-far-tower-stories-for-w-b-yeats/#comment-17732
I am delighted that I have known for some months that a story of mine from the early 1990s is included in THE BIG BOOK OF MODERN FANTASY edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.
Any author has the right to interpret their own book, but the author is one among many.
Now knowing that the Kindle has the grey text as bold is a bit shocking!
Eyes of the Overworld
Transcending the aforementioned Intentional Fallacy….
But I hope this link is useful.
I am 72 on January 18 2020, midwynter not midsommar,
As I said earlier in this endless real-time review about Dead Astronauts as a fiction book – “And in due course, please replace “Potentially great book” above with “Preternaturally great book”, with the intrinsic disintention of preternature, perhaps seen for the first time in literature as gestalt.”
All The Words We Know by DF Lewis
Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
Cross-referenced Dead Astronauts with the concurrent Steve Toase tour de force here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2019/12/21/synth-4-an-anthology-of-dark-sf/#comment-17829
Seems to bear out some of my comments ….
Later cross-referenced Dead Astronauts with the Gregory Norman Bossert story here: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/black-static-73-interzone-285/#comment-17902
Cross-referenced with A SPILL OF BLACK DREAMS here:
After much thought, I have added Dead Astronauts to the prestigious list here:
Cross-referenced DEAD ASTRONAUTS with the final work in ‘The Immeasurable Corpse of Nature’: https://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2020/02/05/the-immeasurable-corpse-of-nature-christopher-slatsky/#comment-18254
from ALL THE DEAD PILOTS by William Faulkner
“; a look not exactly human, like that of some dim and threatful apotheosis of the race seen for an instant in the glare of a thunderclap and then forever gone. […] …the portent and the threat of what the race could bear and become, in an instant between dark and dark.”
Irrespective of what happens from this point onward with Covid, all fiction and films created in the past (even those in the can and still due to come out as new fiction or films) will be period pieces not reflecting the transformed world we are now entering since only a month or two ago.
As one example, I think the social distancing choreography is pretty radical.
I was watching a film just now, feeling worried at the close proximity of people in public places!
And, of course, most importantly, the potential healing of Climate Change…in reality and in how this affects art and other human and natural activity.