Saturday, February 28, 2009

To get us started, Epigraphs.


In March of 1951, testifying before the Kefauver Senate Crime Investigating Committee, Virginia Hill stated that Siegel had told her the Flamingo Hotel was "upside down" - though she was able to cast no light on what he might have meant by that statement.
-Colin Lepovre, Siegel Agonistes

And upside down in air were towers
Tolling reminiscent bells, that kept the hours
And voices singing out of empty cisterns and
exhausted wells.
-T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Son, I have seen the good ship sail
Keel upward, and mast downward, in the heavens,
And solid turrets topsy-turvy in the air....
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Idylls of the King

My quick comments:
Right here, up front, we're given clues to the story. What we're about to read features an unstable world involving gangsters, modernity, and Arthur/Grail lore.


Mike & Mary said...

Okay guys, this is five book stud. Either you're in or you're out. I just purchased three more copies from Amazon, the lowest going for $.16. But the shipping is now $3.99. So, Matt, Simeon and Mark or someone else, next Sunday you got ta get serious.

If we begin to see the smoke of the glory cloud rising straight up, we'll have some idea that were supposed to back out of the game and fold, but otherwise, let's play.

I'll ask a starting question… John, what is the principle behind assumption in tarot cards? Is it basically a form of demonic propagation and reproduction? Or is it very mechanical with percentages and numbers and that sort of thing? In other words, is this manipulative world really somewhat organic or is it more by the numbers?

Ozzie seems to have a sense that is quite organic.


Mike & Mary said...

Posted by Mark Hilts:

Chapter 1 really begins the book with a jolt. You realize first hand that mixed emotions and intentions are being thought of, but you really don’t know what yet.
It is interesting to see how everyone reacts to what Leon tries to do to Scott. His mother is horrified by whatever Leon is trying to do her son, and from what she says in the book, Leon has already done it their other son. Scotty, on the other hand, is a bit confused by all that is going on, and is in a state of shock when the card is embedded in is right eye. We have no idea what, or how the brother reacts to it.
I look forward to talking about the chapters to come and seeing what plan Leon, Scotty, the mother, and the brother fit in to.
Thanks for the recommendation Mr. Owens.

trawlerman said...

Hey guys, sorry it has taken me a few days to get here and respond.

I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to move both of your comments into regular posts, then respond to them there.

I just posted some basic posting rules set in place so that we can, more or less, keep all discussions in focus. That way, something someone writes is less likely to fall through the cracks of loose discussion.