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A concrete monument to H.P. Lovecraft's Azathoth has materialized inexplicably in front of an Oklahoma City restaurant -- one which, incidentally, my sister loves. It reads, "In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth." The owners of said restaurant have no idea how it got there. Eldritch, eh? Why do mysterious concrete monuments to Lovecraftian gods of chaos never appear out of thin air in front of the restaurants I love? (On topic: "Claiming the Land for Azathoth: Lovecraftian Pranks and the Post-Modern Sacred.")

In other news...

Another of my favorite authors was born on this day. Happy birthday to Mary Renault (4 September, 1905 – 13 December, 1983). She was a student of J.R.R. Tolkien, and years later he praised her novels and wrote to others how much he enjoyed them. They are amazing.

The Bull From The Sea by Mary Renault

“Change is the sum of the universe, and what is of nature ought not to be feared. But one gives it hostages, and lays one's grief upon the gods. Sokrates is free, and would have taught me freedom. But I have yoked the immortal horse that draws the chariot with a horse of earth; and when the one falls, both are entangled in the traces.”
― Mary Renault, The Last of the Wine



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Sep. 5th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
I love Mary Renault's work, so, yes, Happy Birthday, Mary Renault!
Sep. 7th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad (and unsurprised) to hear you're a fellow fan of her work. Here's to our great taste! :)
Sep. 6th, 2013 03:50 am (UTC)
That prank made me laugh because so many of my friends believed it to be truth.

It seems like her books have a bit of a Greek feel to them.
Sep. 7th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)

Definitely. Ancient Greece was one of her favorite subjects.
Sep. 7th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
Fascinating blog post on Lovecraft--thank you! A number of the ideas echoed topics that TODS discussed during the Lovecraft unit of Philosophy of Mythology last spring.

[ETA I passed it along to him, and he wanted me to pass along his sincerest thanks to you for posting the link--he found it worthy of further reading and reflection.]

One of my friends on FB posted the photo below. I promptly wrote to my son and threatened to break out the sewing machine when he and his fiancee have kids. :-)

Edited at 2013-09-07 02:32 am (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I'm so glad the link was of use/interest. (I dearly wish I could've been a fly on the wall - or is that a rat in the wall? - during that Lovecraft unit of Philosophy of Mythology. It sounds brilliant.)

You have no idea how vehemently I'm going to forward around this brilliant photo. Thank you! I definitely think the future grandchildren need this. LOL! :D Don't forget to take pictures and share them!
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