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Tom Sparks

Pessoa's Guide to Lisbon

This guidebook on Lisbon by Pessoa was found in the author's paper "trunk" in the late 80's as a bunch of unordered typewritten pages. The book was finished in the end of 1925 according to some references in the text. The original version, written in English.

Tom Sparks

Fernando Pessoa and the Embodiment of the Other

Doing some background research on Pessoa and his concept of the Heteronym.

Tom Sparks

Traveler, your footprints

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Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road;
only a ship's wake on the sea
 

Tom Sparks

The Power of the Dog

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Just Finished Reading

The Power of the Dog 

·         Paperback: 560 pages

·         Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (May 9, 2006)

·         Language: English

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow published in 2005. The plot concerns the "Mexican Trampoline", this was when Columbian Drug Lords use Mexican smugglers to move cocaine across the US Mexican border. 

 

 I expected this book to cover more of the cocaine trade through Central America to the west coast of the United States, it was more a character study of Mexican Cartel Patrons and an assortment of underworld figures and obsessed federal law enforcement agents. The story is compelling and keeps your interest but if you’re looking for hard boiled action  and prose to match I recommend  James Ellroy and his Underworld USA Trilogy.

Tom Sparks

Trees By Warren Ellis and Jason Howard

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Trees By Warren Ellis is a story of an alien invasion, where the aliens show zero interest in  humans or life on Earth. The aliens have come to earth in huge towering columns, humans call them trees. The humans of earth find this disinterest disturbing.  The aliens do not interact with the inhabitants of earth and people cannot see any effect or impact from the towering columns, it is like we are being ignored. 

There are four or five different stories being told, each at a different spot on earth were the Trees have landed. Sub text cover gender politics, sexuality, politics, global warming and urban crime. Each of these sub plots tie into the appearance of the Trees in some way.  This is a serial so there is still an aura of mystery about the columns, there will not be a resolution of the story till much later when the series has concluded. Recommended reading.

Tom Sparks

In The Dust Of This Planet - Horror of Philosophy, vol. 1

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Listening to : NPR's Radio Lab podcast for September 08, 2014.


The episode discusses the book by Eugene Thacker, In The Dust of This Planet (2011). It is a pop philosophy book about the  impact of pessimism and nihilism on current culture. The show talks about  the HBO series True Detective, fashion and the Jay-Z and Beyonce tour plus more arcane things. They talk about why nihilism continues to have cultural appeal over the years and generations. And they attempt to answer the  question "is nihilism more prevalent today?" If so why.

More radio about the book at On The Media

I will read the book soon and write a review.