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