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


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"The drug has masked our true identity, and made us lose touch with it; people then mistake us and judge us for this false self rather than the true self that has somehow been forgotten in all this confusion. Which is why I sometimes tell people: if you want to know who I really am, read my writings — all of them, or a fair chunk of them. They will tell you much more about me than I can, speaking about myself in the present. Because my writings come from a deeper place within me: there is more time to reflect on them, to edit them, and to confirm their truth to oneself."—Benzo Land: How Doctors and Drug Companies Enslave Us On all e-book platforms, including Apple, Google Play, and Kindle

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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.

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