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Week 47

09.23.02

Whoa, I wonder what's going on here.

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/graveuryy/
objetgallery1.html

Something very delicate, refined, Gothic and Japanese apparently.

Got her number, that's the Comtesse Castiglione.

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/graveuryy/
aremini.html

She was the 19th century's top royal seductress and also a photography freak.

http://www.metmuseum.org/special/
LaDivineComtesse/comtesse_more.asp

Walter De La Mare, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde…

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/graveuryy/
objetgallery2.html

The bookstore's not much help.

http://www1.odn.ne.jp/graveuryy/
bookgallery.html

You know, there are still such things as mystery and romance in the world.

 

09.24.02

M. E. Braddon was always my favorite Victorian sensation novelist. Most period thriller consumers had no idea that M. E. stood for "Mary Elizabeth." Her stuff is freakier than you would think.

http://www.chriswillis.freeserve.co.uk/
bradbio.htm

The early years of bitter struggle treading the boards as a wink-wink, snigger, "actress."

http://www.chriswillis.freeserve.co.uk/
literarylives.htm

Her breakout bestseller.

http://www.litrix.com/laudley/laudl001.htm

The old gal could really churn that product. That was a quill pen, too, none of this word-processing nonsense.

http://www.chriswillis.freeserve.co.uk/
bradtexts.html

http://www.chriswillis.freeserve.co.uk/
bradbib1.html

How Braddon gets turned into contemporary British TV fodder.

http://www.cix.co.uk/~drdoom/film/
bradconf.htm

 

09.25.02

Holy cow, I never knew that people from the Society for Creative Anachronism >were that kinky. Spare my blushes, you mead-swilling naughty rascals, you.

http://www.folump.com/#EROTIC

 

09.26.02

Once upon a time I met Tanith Lee. She was wearing a chain-mail headdress, and had big, opaque, smoky eyes. "How're you, Tanith?" I drawled. "I'm a huge fan!"

"That's not my real name, you know," Tanith said, and after a brief exchange of authorly pleasantries she excused herself and fled.

Our Tanith has got some very out-there readers.

http://www.sepulchritude.com/shop/
books-idx.html

 

09.27.02

The Voyager spacecraft is out somewhere at the heliopause, attracting interstellar space grit as mankind's most distant object. Meanwhile, back on Earth the remaining veterans of the enterprise wax nostalgic about their youth in the 1970s. Nice job with the Chuck Berry analog recording, folks.

http://www.planetary.org/voyager25/
index.html

 


Bruce Sterling writes books like Darwin watched animals. Find out more about him, and read tattered electronic copies of Cheap Truth, at the Bruce Sterling Online Index. He lives with his wife Nancy and their two daughters in Austin, Texas.

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