[personal profile] rattlecatcher
This story at NPR looks interesting to me. I haven't read a lot of Lovecraft - in the article she talks about how it's woven into our fabric as much as Pride & Prejudice, so that even if you haven't read it, you're not confused by references - but I know I've read some, and I've looked him up only to go whuh, he's racist? Huh and then stop reading, and forget, and then repeat the cycle. I cannot tell you how often I've done this.*

I know I reread something - probably the Innsbrook story - a few years ago after reading Gaiman's Lovecraft-esque story in... Werewolves in Their Youth, iirc.

And I think it's quite possible that Night Vale satisfies my need for a mythology of dark forces beyond my grasp, so perhaps I'm overthinking it. Still, this is going on the list of books to be read.


*I am well aware of the privilege I exhibit in this behavior. Perhaps I need to do a deep read of Lovecraft, looking at the themes Emrys talks about, which are apparently BLATANT unless you're a clueless person like me. In my defense on a literary level, I'm not a deep reader. I need to read something several times, or read something in conjunction with a class or a group, to slow down and look at a piece of work as a commentary that needs conversation. My self-indictment on privileges refers to the fact that I have the luxury to forget racism as a force that impinges far less on my life than on others. My self-indictment on shallow reading is, well, yes, I'm a shallow reader who goes too fast and doesn't stop for thought or beauty. Also, this footnote is way too long.

Date: 2017-05-04 07:57 pm (UTC)
dine: (pebbles - jchalo)
From: [personal profile] dine
interesting article! I admit to being one of those 'mostly by osmosis' types - I know I read several of his works years ago, but can't recall which ones. but I have a reasonable grasp on his oeuvre based on everything *else* I've seen or read in my lifetime.

Date: 2017-05-05 01:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rathany
Nightvale is pretty much a Lovecraft feel recontextualized from a Northwest US setting to a Southwest setting. You get the have that flavor of creepy without the crappy context of Lovecraft's BS. The writers have published on Lovecraft, even, so it's possible that was the original concept for the show.

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