October 24th, 2006

black ribbon

I feel chatty

Internet connection is still not wholly reliable, and BellSouth won't believe that the problem's not on my end, but I ask you: if it's on my end, why do I have absolutely no trouble late at night, a little trouble in the morning, and can't get through at all mid-to-late afternoon? Could it be, I don't know, YOUR SERVICE? Anyway, I'm just going to try to get an entry in before it fritzes out again.

>> What I've been doing instead of faffing around on the internet: rereading Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, The Devil in the White City, and, today, From Hell. I have a paperback of that Diary of Jack the Ripper that came out circa 1993 or so and was later denounced pretty roundly as a hoax, but I was fourteen and didn't know, and I can't find it now. Grrr.

>> Speaking of The Devil in the White City, which is excellent nonfiction about serial killer H.H. Holmes' crime spree as juxtaposed against the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (which itself almost didn't happen, but did, survived storm and fire, saw the debut of the Ferris wheel, contributed to the ascendancy of alternating current over direct current, and inspired Disney's Magic Kingdom), can anyone recommend a similar book about the 1889 Paris World's Fair? I actually picked up Devil because I was (and still am) trying to research the 1889 fair (the Exposition Universelle) for Black Ribbon, and never did find anything with that scope of research. Devil mentions it obliquely, but obviously not in the kind of detail I need. Since this was the debut of the Eiffel Tower, you'd think there'd be more written about it.

>> No, I have not seen The Prestige OR Marie Antoinette yet, woe.

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Anyway, I have another entry or so of linkspam saved up, but we'll deal with that later.

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