I just re-read Lovecraft’s novella At The Mountains of Madness.
I think the story still resonates today.
One of the central themes is the deterioration of civilizations over time. How from neglect and indifference its citizens lose their ways. I.e., skills, technologies, beliefs, and astuteness at surviving their surroundings.
No, I’m not dog whistling to Lovecraft’s infamous and harped-on racism.
I wish he hadn’t been bigoted; everyone does, right? Like everyone, I also wish racism hadn’t ever been part of the human experience.
I hope that’s obvious.
Regardless, I think we can all agree–apolitically or bipartisanly (take your pick)–that America’s having a bit of an identity crisis at the moment. A bottle-neck crossroads that will determine our future playing out before our eyes.
Whether you feel good or bad, or, wait for it…cosmically indifferent…about that, you can agree that all progress forward leads to a dissipation of the past we leave behind.
That’s an interesting theme to chew on.
And naturally, I had a nerd fit when I saw this image.
Here’s one helluva what-if scenario writing prompt.
Millennials literally did die a little inside once their mortgage-sized student loan debts went into repayment? And those morsels of dead souls were then transmogrified into a symbolically fitting murder of crows? All of whom were hell-bent on revenge against the Big Banks?
That’s what I saw when I looked at this picture.
If that gets your juices flowing, see where it takes you! Hell, you could even make Bernie Sanders a wizard responsible for bringing the murder to life!
This ten-part series of Youtube videos by creator David Firth disturbed us all back in the day. Whether it was the sickly green series character talking to finger puppets, orgasming while rubbing rust, or lactating through a swollen nipple, these videos fueled the nightmares of plenty of kids as friends dared each other to watch them alone in the dark.
What I didn’t realize–I was an 8th grader at the time–was that Salad Fingers creator David Firth was actually a horror genius and that the show was rife with deep meaning.
What if I told you that Salad Fingers was a shell-shocked World War One veteran with a mixed-race lineage that got him abandoned by his parents and that he now suffers from schizophrenic delusions while trapped in his own mind as he comes to terms with his life?
I know. Holy shit, right? I thought it was just a few creepy scares from when I was a kid.
Two videos explain this Salad Fingers theory.
The Youtube Channel The Film Theorists covers every mind-blowing detail in the two videos I’ll put below. It’ll take about half an hour. But trust me, it’s worth every minute.
I know, Salad Fingers Explained, is a bit overwhelming.
After you gather your thoughts, leave me a comment about what you think.
This day in 1787 the Constitution was signed at the Philadelphia Convention.
Take a minute to reflect on how this document, which was penned by James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and contributed to by other Founding Fathers, has granted you the freedoms you enjoy each day in America.
Personally, I believe that the First Amendment, the Freedom of Speech & Expression is the single most important writings in our Constitution, and the best work of any governing body in history. I also believe that there was a reason the men who created the greatest country on Earth made this the first amendment. They understood how crucial the right to express one’s self is to preserving liberty. That without this right true liberty is impossible; to write, speak, live, worship, and protest the government how one wishes is impossible.
In essence, the people’s democratic power is impossible.
I know there is a lot of discussion of the freedom of speech and hate speech in the national spotlight right now. You may have seen the protest over Ben Shapiro at the University of California at Berkeley on Friday. I’m not going to ruin your Sunday morning with politics, but I would like to instead suggest some reading. This past year the Supreme Court ruled on this issue, in a case called Matal v. Tam.
That’s all. Happy Constitution Day and Sunday. I’ll leave you with those important words below.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Here’s a reminder that my short story collection with ten suspenseful stories in it will be available in two days.
I know what you’re thinking. Why should you spend $2 on a book written by a guy you barely know? Several of these stories were published in literary journals and editors from some of the best journals in the country said they liked others, even though it wasn’t a good fit for the journal at the time, but that still isn’t enough for you to trust me.
How about I share a story in the collection for free?