Thursday, September 3, 2020

A “publicity-inflamed dummy”

Ezra Grindle, industrialist and spiritual seeker. Also mark:

William Lindsay Greshman, Nightmare Alley (1946).

Scratch the contained waistline and the rowing machine. Still, eerily reminiscent.

Nightmare Alley is available as a New York Review Books Classic. I’m reading it again for the Four Seasons Reading Club. The novel is a great example of what I just decided to call demotic modernism. Epigraphs from The Waste Land, including one of that poem’s epigraphs!

Also from this novel

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