April 28th, 2002

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John Frum=my new future husband.

wow. Of my 110 interests, there are now only 2 that are unshared:

black velvet paintings (surprising) and john frum (not surprising).

John Frum, if you're wondering, is the "messiah" of a sort of Cargo cult on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, so the 3 of you interested in cargo cults should read up on him. The exact origin of John Frum is sketchy ("John from america" is a popular suggestion), but oddly enough, sightings of him/messages from his prophets often coincide with islanders consuming particularly potent batches of kava, the mildly narcotic drink popular throughout Vanuatu. Interestingly, the John Frum movement actually pre-dates WW2 (the boom time for South Pacific cargo cults since the US military was hanging out on islands) and was in the beginning, a reaction to missionary/colonial influence on Tannese culture (So it's not actually a true cargo cult). And yes, the movement is still active today.

I posted a long time ago how shocked I was that no one shared my interest in Gene Pitney-- now there are 3 others. huzzah!

I was pleasantly shocked when I found out I wasn't the only one interested in The Billy Nayer Show or Cory McAbee, but I guess that since they've been together for 10 years or so and released 5 CDs, it's not too surprising that far-flung people have discovered their genius by now. And it was thru our shared adolation of BNS that I found the wonderous avphibes (and by extension, a bunch of other LJ friends that I discovered thru Phibes), so there's something to be said for checking up on who shares your interests.

Because now.....

Someone ELSE besides lemur68 knows about gil mantera's party dream!!! AND it's someone I don't know AND that isn't a friend of avphibes (who has a video of a GMPD show that I shot) BUT that nonetheless lives in Brooklyn (phibes' domicile) after having lived in Columbus (one of the 2 cities GMPD regularly plays in). Small Fucking World. Anyway, I added him immediately, but being that he hasn't posted publically since the end of January, he may not know that for awhile. Like 316 people, he likes "The Magnetic Fields" (Though I myself, like 517 others, prefer the "Magnetic Fields").

The interests that would have to be explained if you don't share them:

aaaahhh i am dieing! - (1 other) A stripcreator in-joke. 5 other people are interested in stripcreator.

guy's butt (7 others) Hint: it's not a typo of guys' butts. It's an in-joke about a guy named Guy.

SoHu- (1 other) My old 'hood in Columbus- "South of Hudson". I only know a few people who call it this, but dammit, it's such a great name.

Bislama (1 other) - The pidgen language of Vanuatu.

Big Secrets (1 other) - a Book by William Poundstone, though I'm not sure if that's what the other LJer interested in it means by the phrase.

sunshine in a bag (3 others) -Line from a Gorillaz song. A metaphor for Good Things, I guess.

The Dube (15 others)- Legendary dive in Columbus, located in scenic SoHu.
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    1st CD of Joy Division box set. (hide the knives!)
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Lara's book club

Well, since Oprah's gone and canceled her book club, someone has to step up to the plate. Might as well be me.

lara's book club:

#might be for you if you like Chuck Palahniuk, J.G Ballard, Lemony Snicket, Jim Thompson, or other noir-ish or offbeat* literature.
#Will not feature uplifting triumph-against-adversity cliche novels, or anything written by a Canadian.
#Will not feature books that are "good for you" but no fun to read.
#Will feature books you probably haven't heard about (ie if it won the Pulitzer, I'm ignoring it)

*or even beatoff literature.

Okay then, the first title is

Throat Sprockets by Tim Lucas.

Have you ever seen a movie that changed your life? In this novel, a 30-ish man who spends his idle hours in a porno theatre stumbles across a mysterious, underground film called "Throat Sprockets" and becomes obsessed with both the film, and with the erotic nature of women's throats. His compulsion is made no easier by his gradual discovery that the film seems to effect everyone who sees it, and that others are also compelled to re-enact the final, bloody scene of the film. It's a nicely spooky and evocative novel, though it's more creepy than erotic.

If you've read J.G. Ballard's "Crash" (or even if you've seen the film), you'll probably know about what to expect from this book (although I found "Crash" rather onerous to read). Unlike "Crash", Lucas shows how the obsession builds, rather than just re-iterating it in scene after scene. There's a conspiracy element to the plot as well- did the creator of the film intend that it should effect its viewers in this manner, and if so, for what purpose? If you're a film buff, there are some great bits of wordplay to catch (while this is the author's first novel, he's written lots of film criticism, specializing in horror movies). The story unfolds quickly and the plot moves fast. The book is a reasonably svelte 232 pages. I've now read it twice, and it still creeped me out after the second reading (about 5 years apart, I think).

Unfortunately, this book is out of print, but since 101 libraries in the US own it, and there are 3 used copies at amazon for $6 or less and 5 used copies at half.com for $5 or less, it shouldn't be too hard to get one. Ask your library about something called "Interlibrary loan" if they don't own a copy. Or if all else fails and I know you well enough to know I'll get it back, I'll loan you my copy via mail. email me and we'll work it out.

And if you already have read this book and enjoyed it as much as I did, you're probably my soul mate or something. email me and we'll plan the wedding.
  • Current Music
    Joy Division -Heart and Soul box set (still un-suicidal).