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Allusion is not Illusion

You'll pry my books off my cold, dead body. By the time you shift them all I'll be flat and dessicated.

Currently reading

Winter's Tales
Karen Blixen, Isak Dinesen
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Penguin Classics)
Rebecca West, Christopher Hitchens
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Susanna Clarke
Already Dead
Charlie Huston
The Rings of Saturn
W.G. Sebald, Michael Hulse
Lady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton
Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became "People" - And How You Can Fight Back
Thom Hartmann
The City, Not Long After
Pat Murphy
You Can Sketch: A Step-by-Step Guide for Absolute Beginners
Jackie Simmonds
Lonely Werewolf Girl
Martin Millar
The Pencil Of Nature - William Henry Fox Talbot Talbot used his knowledge of chemistry to significantly advance photographic technology in ways that were very important for its development but are not particularly fascinating to read about unless you are an enthusiast on this topic. He was aiming for accurate, clear representations of the world, not artistic effect, and his images, while impressive for their time, are not all that interesting to look at. Also, they are on separate plates pasted into the book, so if you are buying it check to be sure no plates are missing.

The prose here is not difficult at all, by the way -- I was struck, as I often am reading Victorians who are not trying to be "literary," by how straightforward and "modern" his writing voice is.