Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

This is a brilliantly messed up book. Taking place also in Tennessee in the early 1900’s. Rinthy and Culla are brother and sister who have a baby together. You read that correctly. In his shame Culla takes the baby out to the woods to kill it but instead gives the baby away to a tinker, but tells Rinthy that he killed it. Rinthy finds out he didn’t and sets out to find her child and Culla goes after her.

This is, what I believe, McCarthy’s darkest book. The landscape described is always bleak and rainy and people Culla comes across are dark hearted and untrusting of him. Rinthy’s journey is a little more lighthearted, but she carries her darkness with her.

Outer Dark

Cormac McCarthy

An Introduction to Led Zeppelin

Zeppelin really needs no introduction. Any fan of music knows who they are. With the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin I coming in January there’s some new stuff coming out, notably a band biography written by the remaining members of the band.

Like most fan my age I was introduced to Zeppelin really early on by an older cousin. I think, Led Zeppelin IV was the album. He gave me a cassette tape that I just wore out! It was great. Stairway was awesome (though today I’m sort of sick of it). But still love Zeppelin and they’ll be forever one the best bands in history.

An Introduction to Led Zeppelin

Joseph Zito’s The Prowler

A really cheesy and senseless 80’s slasher. The Prowler takes everything generic about 80’s slasher films and does nothing with it. The killer has the lamest excuse ever for killing teenagers. And for some reason lets a few live. The only saving grace for the movie is that it’s relatively short and the killing starts pretty quickly. And that’s it, nothing special about this movie at all.

The Prowler Blu Ray

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

First off, anyone else have multiple editions of the same book? No matter how much I try to convince myself that I don’t need it, if I see a copy of a book I already own with an interesting over or interesting extras, I will inevitably get it.

Secondly, I don’t read a lot of philosophy because honestly I don’t get it. It doesn’t stick with me. I enjoy reading it, I have a little notebook that I write down notes about what I think is going on but I’m usually wrong. It’s okay though. I have fun and I give myself point for attempting to try to understand what the hell these guys are talking about.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Friedrich Nietzche

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The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy

And speaking Cormac McCarthy…the guy is unarguably the best American writer working today. I have read almost all of his novels (The Border Trilogy being the exception) and they’re all brilliant.

The Orchard Keeper was his first novel. Published in 1965, out all that I’ve read this one is my least favorite. Set around the Tennessee Appalachian Mountains before WWII, It centers around three different characters, one of which is a Marion Sylder, a bootlegger, who kills a man and then unknowingly takes up with the mans son, acting as a surrogate father to the boy.

It’s a great book even being a little slow.

The Orchard Keeper

Cormac McCarthy

Ben Nichols: The Last Pale Light In The West

If you’re a Lucero fan, then you know who Ben Nichols is. If you’re not, then you should get familiar with them because they’re a great band.

The Last Pale Light In The West is an EP by Ben Nichols that was inspired by the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian. If you’re familiar with the novel you will know it heavily influence this album just by reading the track list. And if you listen to the album you will hear paraphrases from the novel in the lyrics.

The Last Pale Light In The West

Lucero Music