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a tepid return

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

I’ve not been reading much at all in recent months. It’s been bad enough that we’ve let the blog lay fallow, but then both school and  work got weird, so reading and writing altogether halted.

The stacks around the house that I’ve been slowly picking at are two books by Raymond Roussel, the new Simon Critchley, and Arreola’s Confabulario, plus about half of what i was reading in August last year.

Pathetic. On the bright side, I started and finished quite a number of things in that time, but it’s still frustrating to see those books lingering around, half-read. Aira’s The Seamstress and the Wind revealed itself hidden between some other books stowed away, and I’ve already read most of it this morning. That needs to be wrapped up today before Varamo can be bought.

Luther Blissett Responds

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The Wu Ming Foundation has a blog, and on it they post an interview with the real Luther Blissett.

Previous post on these guys here.

Funny, Yes.

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The WernerHerzblog.

…Lacking only murderous and derisive comments by Kinski.


Saturday, January 10th, 2009

The blog is finally upgraded to WordPress 2.7, and I remembered to fix the author ID problem. Unfortunately, all of the old posts by Bill, Stanislav, Collin, and others had their author IDs stripped when the database was rescued from the old host. With over 3,000 posts to sort through, it’s a problem that might not be resolved. Fortunately, their personalities are strong enough and interests peculiar enough to allow their posts to be recognized with minimal effort.

Because sometimes I just need to humiliate myself

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Dumping the sprawling mess that was Fighting Against Making the Pie Higher into the archives of Orbis Quintus is something i swore to do years ago, but when i get around to doing it, always balk. Why?

Entries like this:


Sheesh! After reading this post on the Online Journal, it looks almost impossible that the dork Dubya Bush is going to be elected. I’m extremely relieved, but in reading this article, I’m also disappointed, in the same way that every time that a hurricane makes it into the Gulf of Mexico, I start rooting for it to hit New Orleans, as there’s no way that New Orleans will ever stay above water with the force of a decent hurricane cruising up the mouth of the Mississippi River. I don’t want people to suffer, and in good moods, i love that city, but there’s a wild streak in me that revels in the possibility of maximum chaos. Imagine Dan Quayle as the President, and then imagine him having an uncontrollably foul mouth and a bad temper. Wouldn’t that be a gold mine for every comedian in the world? Of course, the nation might not survive it….

Kick me in the face. Don’t be gentle. I’ll get no joy from it.

Serpents licked my ears!

new side project: Bloody Tangipahoa

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Despite Orbis Quintus being a blog that has no unifying theme, i felt like posting the local topics elsewhere for awhile. Breaking into fruitless tangents about how much my local newspaper pisses me off feels off-tone here. Now they’re going to be over on Bloody Tangipahoa.

I don’t think one person within a 100 radius of Hammond, Louisiana even reads Orbis Quintus, so announcing this is a little silly.

watching too much television while sick

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Television didn’t kill my brain. By-the-numbers malaise and a lingering summer cold have been the real problem. It’s still a major effort to focus on anything longer than a few minutes, and there is still a lot of drooling going on.

So yep… i’m caught up on Battlestar Galactica and nearly there on The Wire and Rome, but i have nothing to show for it. (Just dipped toe into Life on Mars and Deadwood is queued up next.) Immersing myself in all of the televised culture that i’ve skipped these past few years has not paid off quite as well as i have hoped. They’ve proven to be satisfying distractions, but i’d be bullshitting everyone to say that all of this passive watching has given me that much insight on current entertainment.

I’ll try to cough something up in the next few days, but my head’s still full of mulch.

what I’m reading 07.01.08

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Officially, i’ve completed more books in the past six months than i completed in all of last year. However, last year i was still reading a lot of stuff without bothering to complete them, especially in the short time that i was still working in the bookstore, reading stuff on breaks or overnight. Despite all of this free time, I’m not sure if i’ve technically read more than before, although it still seems likely.1

Omega Minor and Laura Warholic are at the post office waiting to be picked up. Both of these books were intimidating me with their length. That nagged at me so much that i overcompensated. Over the weekend, i tackled Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles ((Owned it for ten years, but i’ve procrastinated completing it that entire time)) and Gaddis’ The Recognitions.2


  1. This is not just about reaching an arbitrary number. There is a specific reason as to why I feel pressured to complete more books. Fortunately, it doesn’t weigh on my mind as much as it did last autumn, but occasionally, that thoughts of that possible future creeps in. []
  2. Started it once back in 2005, and again in 2007, but have no idea where i left off either time. Here it goes again. []

explanation for yet another quiet period

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Last week, i burned the inside of my mouth by shoving a chunk of scalding hot blueberry cobbler into my mouth. In the days that followed, i would up getting a sore throat and a ringing earache, and could no longer eat solid food. All i’ve done for nearly the past week is play Medieval 2: Total War1 in a stupor.

This was followed by an obsession with the demo of the Spore Creature Creator. I’d post some creations, but i’m not satisfied with any of them yet.

There seems to be a sizable backlog now, but it might be shrugged off altogether because of a friend’s wedding. Kat’s been shanghaied into that shindig for weeks, but now i gotta dress nicely and hang out around a bunch of strangers.

Oh yeah… and we went to the David Sedaris book signing in Baton Rouge last night. I get jaded every so often, talking shit about him being in decline and he operates on autopilot. Last night was a blast. The man knows that treating his readers with respect goes a long way. He was funny and gracious in his chatting with every single person having a book signed. The pieces that he read were familiar, but, eh… i laughed.

  1. as the Franks this time. []

nothing much going on here this Sunday

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Finished Goytisolo’s The Garden of Secrets yesterday evening, before going to a friend’s birthday party. That’s going to be a tough one to compose a post about.

This morning i read some stuff on French literature, only to bore myself senseless with profiles of people more interested in social and political aspects of their novels than experimenting with storytelling. Blach.

News is slow on the internet this weekend.

Dove back into Alexander Theroux’s Primary Colors, but decided to save it for when my attention is more diverted. It was a surprisingly easy read last night even though i was drowsy and mildly buzzed on booze.

This evening, Heym’s The Wandering Jew, a book that i’ve been reading for nearly a year and a half, resurfaced. It had been abandoned halfway through, but it was easy enough to figure out what was transpiring. Now there is only a quarter left. There’s no explanation why this book keeps being set aside.