A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers

...the mildness to which men ... had yielded was only half of the intoxication of beauty, while the other half ... was of such surpassing and terrible cruelty—the most cruel of men delights himself with a flower—that beauty ... failed quickly of its effect... 

Hermann BrochThe Death of Virgil

 

Jeremy Davies is made of ink, but don’t dip a feather in him. It tickles. He once painted a fingernail black and no one really noticed. He was disappointed. He’s also an editor, a religious atheist, a liker of strong coffees, a Shakespeare-lover, a political anarchist and someone who rarely has a pen when he needs one. He has been a PhD candidate, a personal trainer, a life model, a bouncer, an infantry soldier and someone who rarely had a pen when he needed one. He has had words published in a variety of places, in a variety of publications, in a variety of forms, in a variety of moments: Canada, Wet Ink, SMS and twelve minutes past three in the afternoon being some of these. His first novel, 'Missing Presumed Undead', will be re-published by Satalyte Publishing in February 2014. A second is on its way.

Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jr., Gilbert Sorrentino Hubert Selby Jr.'s masterwork is just that: a masterwork. There are a range of joys to explore in this novel, including Selby Jr's use of style, his fragmented structure, his beautifully rendered characters who are often so fundemntally appalling and compelling at the same time. and the broken up mish-mash of bizarre moral edges, just to name a few. The pure, confronting nature of such ordinary evil and how it is presented is exhillarating and deeply depressing at the same time. What an explosion on the page for the middle class readers of the time this was! Sure, this book remains within a particular georgraphical and social bubble to some extent - perhaps why so few bookshops in Australia seem to stock it - but there is so much more to it than a piece of post-war subversive Americana. Everyone should read it at some point, particularly in an age where 'subversive' has almost become an ice-cream flavour...

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