I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead: men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideals.
Charles Bukowski, Interviews and Encounters, 1963-1993 (2003)
Language shows clearly that memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. This confers the tone and bearing of genuine reminiscences. He must not be afraid to return again and again to the same matter, to scatter it as one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil. For the matter itself is only a deposit, a stratum, which yields only to the most meticulous examination what constitutes the real treasure hidden within the earth: the images, severed from earlier associations, that stand—like precious fragments or torsos in a collector’ gallery—in the prosaic rooms of our later understanding.
the entire Council betting on when Kenric and Oralie will get together and then Kenric and Oralie walk in with their arms around each other and Kenric kisses Oralie’s head and EVERYONE RIOTS BECAUSE LITERALLY NONE OF THEM EXPECTED THEM TO GET TOGETHER THAT DAY
I’ve been a little quiet on here following the World Premiere of 3 Dead Trick or Treaters this past November, but I talk a lot about it in this interview with Sound & Vision: Pop Culture Commentary! (Part 2 available here) We have our hometown premiere coming up this month at the Apollo Cinema; February 16th at 7PM, on a double bill with Halloween 3: Season of the Witch! More to come…
I wish you would still check in now and again. I came to depend on our wild conversation. The way we’d speak in depth of dead stars and foreign cities, and share all our innermost anxieties and aspirations always left me feeling relieved, renewed, and ready to face another day.
- Growing up, the night sky was always orange and smoke-filled.
-They closed the steel mills, but only some of them. You used to believe they were portals to hellish dimensions. You weren’t wrong.
-The people live in ghost towns now. The people look like ghosts.
-There are so many churches, so many cathedrals, all cold stone and judgment. They built new ones, and they’re low-ceilinged, carpeted affairs. They have recorded bells that chime the hours, but you can hear the distortion. You’re not sure why that terrifies you.
- It doesn’t matter if you go as far west as Detroit or as far east as Johnstown, there are dead or dying cities all along the corridor. The air is cleaner now, but people still choke.
- “Maybe the dragons will come back to save us.” You turn and see a young mother leading a little girl through the door of a nondescript diner and wonder how a child who surely has never seen the flames could utter words you never told another soul.
- the coal mines subside and cause entire streets to collapse. This is normal. The mines burn. This is normal. The slag heaps have been covered in sod. This is normal. The population is shrinking. This is normal.
Before my TV died, the news reported: 12 dead in different cities of Pakistan, more than 100 injured brought to hospitals in Peshawar, massive land sliding in northern regions, telecommunication towers damaged in most northern areas so no way to contact people there. Collapsed buildings reported from all over Pakistan. Injuries reported in
Chitral, Charsaddah, Sargodha and other areas.
Please pray for the safety of everyone.
Known as the Dead Cities, or Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, there is an incredible collection of 700 abandoned settlements that lay in the Al-Bara region. Ranging from single monuments to almost-complete villages, these ghostly sites date back before the fifth century CE. They are situated in an area known as Belus Massif, and contain numerous remains of Christian Byzantine architecture.
The ruins are believed to have been abandoned between the 8th and 10th century, and include churches, public houses, dwellings, and even wine presses. Restorative work is currently taking place on the sites, and the local inhabitants are welcoming to visitors.
The Dead Cities, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are believed to have flourished on the major trade routes of the Byzantine Empire, where they were established. But when the Arabs conquered, they lost the majority of their business, and many inhabitants moved to areas of increasing urbanization. As a result, the Dead Cities have an “eerie” feel to them – as if the inhabitants simply vanished without trace.