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Yes, I'm asleep and caught up in the NINspiracy marketing campaign for the new "Year Zero" album at the same time.

But, dear Sfnal people, let's admit that an alternate reality where quantum researchers are beaming texts from banned books back from fifteen years into the future because banned books might prevent a global ultracomservative apocalypse (that it appears they will fail to prevent) is cool.

Are Tolkien and Vonnegut (the ones used in the NINspiracy) the books I would choose to save the world? Maybe not, Peake and PKD are more revolutionary. But it's still cool. And Trent Reznor loves Clive Barker too, so Trent has taste.

And the future Hollywood got destroyed by cluster bombs on Oscar Night!

(And, yes, Sean Stewart (et al) IS cooler by a factor of eight to ten, but I love the four leaked songs -- with Saul Williams on backup for at least one song even -- and I have an industrial goth twitch that will never heal and a very soft spot for the end of the world. And work has been crazy lately so I need passive distractions.)

Lyrics to "In This Twilight"
(newest leaked NIN song, the band is lobbing USB drives into bathrooms at their concerts... lyrics transcribed by Merzbau)

watch the sun,
as it crawls across a final time
and it feels like,
like it was a friend.
it is watching us,
and the world we set on fire
do you wonder,
if it feels the same?

and the sky is filled with light
can you see it?
all the black is really white
if you believe it
as your time is running out
let me take away your doubt
you can find a better place
in this twilight

dust to dust,
ashes in your hair remind me
what it feels like
and I won't feel again
night descends
could I have been a better person
if I could only do it all again

but the sky is filled with light
can you see it?
all the black is really white
if you believe it
and the longing that you feel
you know none of this real
you will find a better a place
in this twilight
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New nin inch nails in April.

Oh my.

So neat.

I see every fan he's ever had loving this new sound and dark global vision.

I didn't know that you could rock world peace and vengeance in the same song. (Though VNV Nation or LeaetherStrip come close from time to time.)

My nihilistic and bitter heart is doing a happy dance! (While still getting evil chills so I can keep my street cred...)

I know Trent Reznor is a fan of Clive Barker and Fight Club. In "My Violent Heart," he's combined them into a tantric anthem for stopping a zombie or mind parasite uprising.

Is there a sax being strangled in there somewhere near the end? Trent has never merged one of those David Gilmour-style guitar solos (a la "Ruiner") with drum machines and electronic chaos this well and that bass sample at the begnning gives the spoken word part a marchy Rage Against The Machine feel.

I'm easily confused. I want songs like these played at my weddings AND my funerals.

My heart freezes on that little spot where he goes, "Time will feed upon your weaknesses..."

"Survivalism" is scary in the opposite direction. It's a persona song like "Big Man and a Gun." Environmental destruction through consumerism SHOULD be scary. The sarcasm on the "All a part of this great nation" line dripped right out of my speakers and I had to mop it up with a paper towel.

Thank you Trent Reznor for reminding the bleak aesthete in my core that plasma televisions are bringing us closer to guns in the street and the world going up in flames. It really makes me look forward to going to Best Buy to get the new album!

And, yes, "Year Zero" is an appropriately apocalyptic album title even if it accidentally has a retcon comic book gimmick sound at first notice.

PS -- If anyone cares, there's a phrasing in "Survivalism" that sounds so Dresden Dolls / Amanda Palmer that she should be proud that Trent lifted her cadence and lyrical style. (Hint: it's not the breathy gasp near the beginning though that almost counts...) (Others have heard a TV on the Radio influence in there too. It all goes to show that Trent's ear is still to the ground.)
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For about seven reasons, a little over seven years ago I think, a turning point in my life happened to happen at Dangerous Visions. I was wandering the streets, on a bad day with vomiting, and saw the sign and thought of Harlan Ellison and walked in.

I was being interviewed by a high-paying (by my simple standards) job in "corporate entertainment sales" and I went through every book in the store before "discovering" Poppy Z. Brite's "Exquisite Corpse" spine out.

I didn't follow the field obsessively (or work in books) like I do now, so I hadn't heard of him; the trade paperback merely looked like the right book for the plane ride home.

Reading really good horror for the first time in years was enough to get me to leave my personal careerism behind and shift the focus back to writing my own fiction, rekindling the Barker, Lovecraft and Gaiman pilot lights that had gone out while I'd been studying literary theory at college.

A week later, when they offered the job (and the company car and the tickets to cool things that I'd never get to go to otherwise), it was easy to say no.

Sink or swim, thanks to Dangerous Visions, my path was clear. And, of course, it still is.

Hating myself for what I've become,
G.

(posted on Shocklines two years ago but it seemed relevant to my state of systematic decline)

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