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RIP Colombian Master of Magic Realism Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Pic: Jose Lara (CC)

Pic: Jose Lara (CC)

Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love In The Time of Cholera, and many other works is dead of cancer at the age of 87. Garcia Marquez, a native of Colombia, died at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

Garcia Marquez has been one of my favorite authors since I discovered his work in college. I’m sad to see him go.

Via The New York Times:

Mr. García Márquez was a master of the literary genre known as magical realism, in which the miraculous and the real converge. In his novels and stories, storms rage for years, flowers drift from the skies, tyrants survive for centuries, priests levitate and corpses fail to decompose. And, more plausibly, lovers rekindle their passion after a half-century apart.

Magical realism, he said, sprang from Latin America’s history of vicious dictators and romantic revolutionaries, of long years of hunger, illness and violence.

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RIP Gwar Frontman Dave ‘Oderus Urungus’ Brockie

Pic: Oderus Urungus (C) - Gwar publicity photos.

Pic: Oderus Urungus (C) – Gwar publicity photos.

Sad news for fans of the bizarre thrash metal band Gwar: frontmanDave Brockie, AKA ‘Oderud Urungus’ is dead. He was 50 years-old, and the last original member of the Richmond, VA based band. Investigators do not suspect foul play.

To describe Gwar and their music as “conceptual” would be putting it mildly. The band’s elaborate mythos portrayed them as once-mighty galaxy-roaming warriors of chaos who were banished to Earth for their arrogance. All of the members of Gwar wore elaborate (and elaborately disgusting) costumes and went by stage names like Jizmaa Da Gusha and Pustulus Maximus. The band’s membership changed often, and new members regularly assumed the stage identities left vacant by outgoing members.

Gwar’s music was written for maximum tongue-in-cheek offensiveness, and moral guardians of all sorts bought the act hook, line, and sinker. Their wild theatrics made them popular guests on shows like Jerry Springer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.Read the rest

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Colin Wilson, Dead at 82 (CONFIRMED)

colin_oldWith great sadness, Colin Wilson has passed at the age of 82:

It is with sadness and regret that I have to report that Colin Wilson passed away at 10.45pm on Thursday, December 5, peacefully, in hospital in Cornwall, his home county. His wife Joy and daughter Sally were with him. He was 82. After a serious spinal operation in 2011, Colin suffered a stroke, the effects of which he was unable to overcome, and in October this year he was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia. He made progress towards recovery and it was hoped he would be able to return home, but this proved not to be possible.
The Colin Wilson World website remains as a tribute to one of the greatest cultural and literary figures of the 20th century.

Geoff Ward

via Colin Wilson World

Like many readers here, I was deeply inspired by Wilson’s unbridled optimism in the power of Faculty X.… Read the rest

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RIP Lou Reed

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Rolling Stone reports that musician Lou Reed has died at age 71:

With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry. As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”

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RIP Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen

krakenSad news for any fan of old school stop-motion animation: Special effects trailblazer Ray Harryhausen has passed away. I’ve been a huge fan of Harryhausen’s work for all of my life. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that his creations helped to fuel my love a love of monsters and magic  that indirectly led me to an interest in all manner of bizarre topics.

Via The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s Facebook page:

The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.

Harryhausen’s fascination with animated models began when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s creations in KING KONG with his boyhood friend, the author Ray Bradbury in 1933, and he made his first foray into filmmaking in 1935 with home-movies that featured his youthful attempts at model animation.

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James W. Moseley, Founder and Lead Editor of Saucer Smear, Has Gone Off-World

A more tangible loss has come to the UFOlogical community than the recent announcement by some folks in the UK that the Age of Flying Saucers has come to a close. Jim Moseley, founder of the longest running UFO magazine around, Saucer Smear, has passed on at the ripe age of 81.

Jim brought an air of humor and sociological consciousness to what can otherwise be a contentious and cliquish field of inquiry. Saucer Smear’s running motto was, “Shockingly Close to the Truth,” which provides a good idea of where he was coming from. Greg Taylor, founder of The Daily Grail, puts it well in his memorial published on TDG:

“Jim Moseley entered the world of ufology at the very beginning, with his first two magazines devoted to the topic, Nexus and Saucer News, being published in the 1950s. He was an associate of many ‘legends’ in the Fortean field, from Gray Barker to James Randi – and like those two individuals was somewhat of a trickster figure, often straddling the line of truth that separates researcher from raconteur.

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RIP Captain Beefheart

Captain BeefheartRest in Peace: Captain Beefheart: Jan. 15, 1941–Dec. 17, 2010. Cult musician and visual artist Don Van Vliet died Friday after years of suffering from multiple sclerosis. Found on YouTube below is "Making Love to a Vampire with a Monkey on my Knee" by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. [Image: Captain Beefheart at Convocation Hall, Toronto, 1974. Photo by Jean-Luc via Wikimedia Commons]
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