Laughter in the Dark

Richard Crasta, author of "The Revised Kama Sutra: A Novel" and 12 other books on thoughts, literature, and photographs that interest him. For links, please visit: http://www.richardcrasta.com/links


Ask me anything  
Richard is a fabulous editor. Who helped me whip my book “Automatic Pilot” into flying shape. —Bill Taub Bill Taub, writer-producer of “Barney Miller” and “Hill Street Blues”: http://draft2edited.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/richard-crasta-editorial-services-and-proofreading/

Richard Crasta books on Kindle

Have a #kindle? Most of my books are listed on #Amazon: Author.to/RichardCrasta

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newyorker:

Andrea DenHoed speaks with the obsessive collector behind “Letters of Note”: http://nyr.kr/1hEzNTq

“The idea behind the Letters of Note project—that correspondence holds a rare communicative and aesthetic power—also happens to be well calibrated for the Internet. It hits on a juncture of Pinterest-style object nostalgia, an appetite for emotive but bite-size reading, and a mild voyeurism.”

Letters from Letters of Note, written by (from left to right) Annie Oakley, Elvis Presley, and Jack the Ripper. Courtesy Chronicle Books.

Beautifully chosen letters. Like this one, from Kurt Vonnegut to Avatar Prabhu (Richard Crasta), and now on sale at ebay: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/12/i-have-put-out-contract-on-salman.html

newyorker:

Andrea DenHoed speaks with the obsessive collector behind “Letters of Note”: http://nyr.kr/1hEzNTq

“The idea behind the Letters of Note project—that correspondence holds a rare communicative and aesthetic power—also happens to be well calibrated for the Internet. It hits on a juncture of Pinterest-style object nostalgia, an appetite for emotive but bite-size reading, and a mild voyeurism.”

Letters from Letters of Note, written by (from left to right) Annie Oakley, Elvis Presley, and Jack the Ripper. Courtesy Chronicle Books.

Beautifully chosen letters. Like this one, from Kurt Vonnegut to Avatar Prabhu (Richard Crasta), and now on sale at ebay: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/12/i-have-put-out-contract-on-salman.html

Epigraphs to “Apocalypse Then and Now: An Alternative View of 9/11

"It’s impossible for me to get emotional about [America or any nation-state], because real estate doesn’t interest me. It’s no doubt a great flaw in my personality, but I can’t think in terms of boundaries. Those imaginary lines are as unreal to me as elves and pixies. I can’t believe that they mark the end or the beginning of anything of real concern to the human soul. Virtues and vices, pleasures and pains cross boundaries at will."

— Kurt Vonnegut in “Mother Night” (1961)

Did you think, when you removed the gags from their mouths, that they would chant your praise?

—Jean Paul Sartre, Black Orpheus

“The terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution.  The terrorists are not anything like the threat we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism.”—Paul Craig Roberts, www.facebook.com/iraqwarisillegal

“When you label me, you diminish me.”

—Soren Kierkegaard.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0098N89RQ

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tattoolit:

"Finally somehow you caught fire." - Kafka 

I did … and the flames died. I need a light.

tattoolit:

"Finally somehow you caught fire." - Kafka 

I did … and the flames died. I need a light.

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"I Will Not Go the F**k to Sleep" is ON SALE at Kindle, Apple, and BN Nook:

EXCERPT:
Think of Rodney King, the black Los Angeles resident who had his head beaten blue, green, and indigo, and his body squished to guacamole by Los Angeles cops after a high speed chase — and a Los Angeles jury awarded him $3.8 million for his ordeal (but only after black people had burned a chunk of Los Angeles in their fury). Whereas somewhere else in America, a jury awarded $2.7 million to an old white lady who spilled hot coffee on her lap after driving out of a McDonald’s restaurant with a cup of “scalding hot coffee” — because the hot coffee happened to be hot.
The cumulative moral?
1. In America, a young black man’s brain and entire body put together are worth only forty percent more than five square inches of an old white lady’s thighskin.
2. But consider the bright side. The good news is that, two million here, three million there, and pretty soon you are talking real money.
3. No pain, no gain.
4. However, far more gain with less pain in the long run if you use the Coffee-Spilling Strategy, because encores are easier (Burger King, Roy Rogers, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, Donut King, Taco Bell, International House of Pancakes, Denny’s — the fun may never stop). Especially if you practice for six months, spilling progressively warmer coffee onto woolen stockinged thighs, increasing the temperature one degree at a time, and then start practicing on bare thighs.
5. However, zero pain if you are an Indian yogi who has, through years of ascetic discipline and sensory deprivation in the Indian jungles or in the Himalayas, become insensitive to mosquito bites, tiger and snake bites, and such minor external nuisances.

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0053GBUYG

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id601956345

Nook: http://bit.ly/1bNbnjg

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/I-Will-Not-Go-Sleep/book-Ge-OGP8JgU24u0rRUNegnw/page1.html

Sony: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/richard-crasta/i-will-not-go-the-fk-to-sleep/_/R-400000000000000423910

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64273

Amazon (paperback special edition): http://www.amazon.com/Will-Not-Go-Sleep-Special/dp/1477476849/

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