What are you doing today, Warren? I’m trying to do damage control in the smoking rubble after a project exploded this week and listening to lo-fi Finnish blues, what about you? (The CD arrived today, thank you IKUISUUS label, you are doing great things)
He assumes fantasy to be the logical barometer of the contemporary political climate, since, as his later essay on Jean Cocteau’s Orphée would observe, life does not imitate art, but rather comes to fulfil its prophecies.
Chris Marker: Memories of the Future, Catherine Lupton
D. H. Lawrence, for example, insisted that ‘we have to drop our manner of on-and-on-and-on, from a start to a finish, and allow the mind to move in cycles, or to flit here and there over a cluster of images. Our idea of time as a continuity in an eternal, straight line has crippled our consciousness cruelly’
Modernism (The New Critical Idiom), Peter Childs
art has never been on the side of the purists.
Literature & Existentialism, Jean-Paul Sartre
The end of history, for Kojève, is to end history. As Kojève hauntingly notes, history is nothing more than the persistence of error, understood by Kojève as the adherence to ways of justifying self-preservation.
The Black Circle: A Life of Alexandre Kojève, Jeff Love
Who I recently discovered via ALL IS QUIET AT THE ANCIENT THEATRE.
My music usually evolves from a story, often about a place I’ve visited, enhanced by the help of the imagination. The story will develop while I improvise and immerse myself deeper and deeper into the piece, using a kind of tone painting to express this.
Behind the Spider Web Gates draws inspiration from a house I happened upon in rural southern France last year. An imposing, dramatic, tall dark Gothic house with mysterious, black spider web-shaped gates at the entrance to the grounds.
It is indeed gothic and spiderwebbed – the attention to sonic detail is exquisite, as is its carefully constructed form. It’s a twenty-minute journey through imagined space, and towards the end I’m sure I can hear the gates creaking. Utterly transporting.
Improved my trashfire of a day no end.
This is amazing. Almost two hours of ecstatic drone. I’d kill to have this on a 2CD set. It’s been on the player all evening while everything else has been going nuts and it may have kept me sane. Or sent me to space through a portal in a hillside. One of the two.
Press release from DC Comics follows:
ELLIS AND HITCH REUNITE FOR THE DARK KNIGHT’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY
The Authority on Superhero Comics Get Into Batman’s Head…and Grave
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships in modern comic book history, reunite for THE BATMAN’S GRAVE, a twelve-issue monthly DC maxi-series about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. The team that brought us THE AUTHORITY now turn their talents towards The World’s Greatest Detective, whose current case forces him to inhabit the mind of a murder victim with a half-eaten face—without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents.
But first, Ellis and Hitch get into the mind of a butler. Once a week, rain or shine, Alfred Pennyworth walks to a little cemetery plot in the Wayne Manor grounds. He meticulously tends to Thomas and Martha’s headstones, plinths and slabs: weeding, cleaning, polishing. But how much longer before there’s another Wayne memorial to tend to?
“My very first work at DC was two issues of LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT,” begins Ellis, “so it’s been twenty-five years since I did a full-length story with the Batman. I’ve decided to revisit the crime scene where my career in American comics began, and I’m so grateful that my old comrade Bryan Hitch is doing this midnight run with me. It’s been too many years since we last did a long campaign together.”
Within this dynamic duo’s new comic lives a Batman with an almost psychotic identification with murder victims. He immerses himself in their lives and obsesses over every detail of their deaths. Even as Batman would process the evidence and approach the perpetrator from one side, he would live inside the life of the victim as they approached their death.
“I’ve drawn some covers and used Batman in Justice League and JLA,” continues Hitch, “but since I read Jim Aparo and Don Newton’s Batman runs in the 80’s I’ve wanted to do a proper, big Batman story. Fellow Authoritarian Warren Ellis had one to tell, so when he mentioned it I said ‘yes’ before even asking what it was about. That’s what you do when Warren says ‘I’ve got a proper, big Batman story.’ It’s been over 20 years since we changed Superhero comics together, and now we get to give Batman the fight of his life.”
THE BATMAN’S GRAVE #1, written by Warren Ellis with art by Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 9 with a cover by Hitch and a variant cover by JeeHyung Lee. For more news and updates on the World’s Greatest Super Heroes, visit www.dccomics.com, the DC YouTube channel or follow @DCComics on social media.
So I ordered a CD bundle from Black Mara Records. If you’re reading this on the Instagram pass-through, you’re going to want to click over to warrenellis . ltd for this. It arrived today. It needed to be documented in full.
That describes them well enough. One of the things I have always loved about the internet is being able to listen to music from everywhere. Anyway, this big package arrived.
This all seems normal, right? Beautiful CDs.
Some large CD packs. This is fine. I have many outside CD cases. They’ll fit right next to the big Phurpa pak.
Some handmade stuff is emerging with the handmade CD sleeves. It occurs to me that this may be a spell.
This is lovely.
It’s a box, yes.
what is happening
The little cake is a candle.
This is a book.
So is this.
Beautifully wrapped in fabric, both of them, as you can see, along with another pendant. I actually wear pendants – my usual wear is a slice of the ayahuasca vine, brought back for me from the Peruvian jungle. Now I have several more to choose from every day, all evidently from several parts of Russia.
If you’re curious, it’s this bundle here, I think. I suspect the individual objects will vary from package to package.
I’d already had a few deliveries this morning that delighted me, but this was something else entirely. Thank you, Black Mara. I am amazed.
New Field Notes subscription delivery.
Inbox 21. Building out the story document for unannounced PROJECT KATRA. Listening to 景 by Pool Of Light. Refusing to admit I have a notebook problem.
We get some special effects out here on the Thames Delta. They don’t always capture well on a phone camera, of course, and most of the time I just stand in the garden and watch them. But sometimes you get lucky. And last night’s light was so weird that I had to try.
Inbox is holding at 12 and I am going into this story document to see if I can make it make sense by Friday. Here we go again.
Not the best photo, but I wanted to get the sticker saved before I unwrapped the disc. Sold by the French label Akuphone, and picked up from their Bandcamp page, where you can give it a listen. Perfect way to start a week of deep focus.
Passed through London the other night. Took this from my terrace around midnight. Tonight, I am at home, with 49°05’19,3″N 22°34’04,0’E by Strom Noir / Micromelancolié playing over the top of muted LAST YEAR IN MARIENBAD (UK) (US) on the big screen while I puzzle out the final shape of a short season of television. From time to time I look up at the luminous monochrome, and the luminous words of Robbe-Grillet. My hermit’s cave feels very equipped now, and, with the year’s bigger and more time-hungry commitments over with, I can quietly leave it from time to time and watch all the lights at midnight.