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Re: Have you actually been creeped out by a work of weird fiction? Namely?
Posted by: Sawfish (IP Logged)
Date: 23 March, 2020 05:39PM
Dale Nelson Wrote:
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> Sawfish Wrote:
>
> > I don't think that he belittled mankind so much
> as
> > put them in their proper objective place in the
> > universe he portrayed.
>
> Lovecraft's view of human beings vis-à-vis the
> universe is no more "objective" than any other
> view. It's merely a view of human beings from
> which much has been removed or depreciated.
>
> To get an intuitive sense of what Lovecraft leaves
> out, one might simply do a quick Google search for
> photographs by Andre Kertesz of people reading.
> I'd say just spend a few minutes looking at some
> of these -- forgetting about Lovecraft during the
> interval. Then come back to his typical remarks
> about human beings. I think you may feel that he
> willfully leaves something out -- even if it would
> be difficult, perhaps, to state in words what that
> is.
>
> Now, I'd say that any work of art involves
> selection, so for the purposes of a weird tale it
> might be legitimate to leave out something that,
> say, the Kertesz pictures suggest. But let's not
> allow ourselves to be misled by our enjoyment of
> the stories into thinking that Lovecraft will do
> as a philosopher.

Dale, no one "will do as a philosopher", as far as I'm concerned.

Sawfish
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