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July 17th, 2008, 17:46
Another one for my list—though I've seen a bit of that life, and it's far from pretty, or comfortable to read about. It's an underculture that might as well be a different planet for too many people.

I've recently finished a lighter book, but well-written and good summer escapism for the vacation—The Pale Blue Eye, by Louis Bayard. It's a real novel in many ways, but follows the historical mystery meme, with Edgar Allen Poe as one of the main characters involved in a serious of ritualistic killings at West Point. Tons of fun and purple prose in the sections 'written' as epistles from Poe, and some good character and plotting in the rest. From the title poem, in the style of Poe:

"Mid the groves of Circassian splendour
In a brook darkly dappled with sky,
In a moon-shattered brook raked with sky,
Athene's lissome maidens did render
Obeisances lisping and shy:
There I found Leonore, lorn and tender,
In the clutch of a cloud-rended cry.
Harrowed hard, I could aught but surrender
To the maid with the pale blue eye
To the ghoul with the pale blue eye."

Where there's smoke, there's mirrors.
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