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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870. The "xothique" portion of the web address is a nod to Clark Ashton Smith's fictional continent of Zothique.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Vanport City, and a few Portland pics

Vanport City went the way of Carthage and Atlantis on May 30, 1948.

Vanport Marker outside Lincoln Hall, Portland State University campus

A room inside the building formerly housing the Oregonian newspaper

Plaque on former Oregonian headquarters.

These agents provocateurs peace activists frequently appear at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Some Thoughts on David Letterman

The recent announcement of David Letterman's impending retreat called up memories of his show in the 1980s, when he, or his producers, or both, danced with danger and invited guests who included Allen Ginsberg, Harvey Pekar (the comics writer, whom Letterman didn't exactly flatter), Brother Theodore, and hilarious non sequiturs by the likes of Chris Elliott, Crispin Glover, and Calvin DeForest.  Mostly, this atmosphere evaporated with the passage of years.

Collage by Jonathan Falk
Green Room


Saturday, April 12, 2014

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon, Portland, 2014

With Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire

Wilum reading 
 Other Voices Diversity and Lovecraftiana panel 

Ross E. Lockhart, Nate Pedersen, Jason V. Brock, Mike Davis 

 Other Voices Diversity and Lovecraftiana panel 

Ross E. Lockhart, Nate Pedersen, Jason V. Brock, Mike Davis, Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nyctalops 18 (1983) -- Clarence John Laughlin cover & Roman Scott Drawing

Illustration by Roman Scott, accompanying S.T. Joshi's essay On "The Book" (by H.P. Lovecraft)

I just ran across this copy (which I purchased in 1983) of Nyctalops 18 in my files.  Cover photograph by surrealist photographer Clarence John Laughlin (the issue contained his story The Cathedral of Evil as well).  Laughlin was STILL ALIVE at the time of this publication. Antiques Roadshow recently had a segment on the photographer.  The periodical (edited by Harry O. Morris, Jr.) gathered gothically surrealistic photography, art, collage, poetry and fiction.  Creators and critics represented included Thomas Ligotti, J.K. Potter (Google him and one gets a shitstorm of Harry Potter pages), Deborah Valentine, Richard L. Tierney, Billy Wolfenbarger, Sutton Breiding, Christine P. Morris, Ben P. Indick, Denise Dumars, and others.

Nyctalops also held a review of Oddities 3.  (I've posted all except one issue of Oddities on here):  
Calls itself metaphysical chaos and organicism.  Some comic strip format, but most of the pages are plastered with word-explosions that carom off at all angles, literally and figuratively.  Incomprehensible.