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review 2018-09-05 15:30
Pollyanna Principles: "Dhalgren" by Samuel L. Delany
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany


“Really? Samuel Delany has written "unreadable garbage"? Would you care to share with us the precise nature of the stories or novels which qualify as such, or have you not, as I strongly suspect, actually read any of his work? I presume this is the same Samuel Delany who has been a professor of English and writing at numerous American universities, who was named a GrandMaster of the field? The author of "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones", “Babel-17” and “Nova”? That Samuel Delany? Or is it instead the case, as I suspect, that you have allowed yourself to fall foul of the cliché that if it's SF, then by its very nature, some of his work must be bad?”

That’s, more or less, how I answered someone who commented on the novel’s review back then.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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text 2018-08-31 22:40
Dhalgren - I'm finished!
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
There came a man
(”Those are radios, that were his eyes“)   
Who offered to sell us his bones.
 
Swing by starwhite buildings and   
Lights come to life with a sound   
Of bugs under the dead rib.
 
Miles of it. Still the same city.   
 
 
 
 

Escher

 

 

Sehr weit ist diese Nacht. Und Wolkenschein 

Zerreißet vor des Mondes Untergang. 

Und tausend Fenster stehn die Nacht entlang 

Und blinzeln mit den Lidern, rot und klein.    

 

Wie Aderwerk gehn Straßen durch die Stadt, 

Unzählig Menschen schwemmen aus und ein. 

Und ewig stumpfer Ton von stumpfem Sein 

Eintönig kommt heraus in Stille matt.    

 

Gebären, Tod, gewirktes Einerlei, 

Lallen der Wehen, langer Sterbeschrei, 

Im blinden Wechsel geht es dumpf vorbei.    

 

Und Schein und Feuer, Fackeln rot und Brand, 

Die drohn im Weiten mit gezückter Hand 

Und scheinen hoch von dunkler Wolkenwand.

 

Georg Heym, Die Stadt

 

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I'm not going to write a review, but one thing I want to say, because I saw this error too often: This is NOT magical realism.

 

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text 2018-08-31 17:49
Dhalgren - Reading progress update: I've read 720 out of 801 pages.
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany

Clipping Dhalgren

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text 2018-08-29 10:45
Dhalgren - Reading progress update: I've read 603 out of 801 pages.
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany

"Now," Kamp said. "Well. What have you been doing since I saw you last?"

Glass said: "Nothing. You been doing anything?"

Kamp said: "No, not really."

 

Well, good to have that settled.

 

Btw, last night I dreamed about trying to re-write the last, long chapter of Dhalgren (which I haven't even read yet) into a palindrome poem that can be read forwards and backwards. 

It was rather bad.

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text 2018-08-27 19:51
Dhalgren - Reading progress update: I've read 553 out of 801 pages.
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany

Okay, now it's getting very David Lynch.

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