Scanned front cover of Son of Rosemary, by Ira Levin, a sequel to his book Rosemary’s Baby, which was adapted for film by Roman Polanski. This one isn’t one of my ex-library books (I actually purchased it from a bookshop years ago, but only just got round to reading it). Ira Levin never disappoints.
Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft, born 20 August 1890, died 15 March 1937
- The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
- If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.
- I couldn’t live a week without a private library - indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.
- Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.
- I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.
- Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.
- The most merciful thing in the world… is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
- Contrary to what you may assume, I am not a pessimist but an indifferentist- that is, I don’t make the mistake of thinking that the… cosmos… gives a damn one way or the the other about the especial wants and ultimate welfare of mosquitoes, rats, lice, dogs, men, horses, pterodactyls, trees, fungi, dodos, or other forms of biological energy.
- The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
- Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.
Lovecraft was an American author. He achieved posthumous fame with his works of horror fiction that include The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Out of Time, and At the Mountains of Madness.
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Time for some more H P Lovecraft.
Happy Birthday Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937)
Time for some H P Lovecraft.
Atheist champion Richard Dawkins prompts fury with claim that it is ‘immoral’ not to abort babies with Down’s syndrome
I’ll tell you what is immoral, Richard Dawkins. Immoral is advocating the termination of a human foetus simply because it has Down’s syndrome. His argument is utterly obscene: “the question is not ‘is it “human”’? but ‘can it suffer?’” The decision to bring a human life into the world should lie with the parents who created that life not with some interfering third party, and branding people as “immoral” just because an unborn child does not conform to someone else’s “quality” standards is abhorrent. Seriously, who does this guy think he is?! How dare you slam people for deciding whether or not to give birth to their own children.