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As Holderlin was to Martin Heidegger and Mallarme to Jacques Derrida, so is H.P. Lovecraft to the Speculative Realist philosophers. Lovecraft was one of the brightest stars of the horror and science fiction magazines, but died in poverty and relative obscurity in the 1930s. In 2005 he was finally elevated from pulp status to the classical literary canon with the release of ...more
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Published September 1st 2012 by John Hunt Publishing
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Graham Harman's book on object oriented ontology and H. P. Lovecraft is one that lends itself to high concept descriptions. For lit theory buffs, it's Roland Barthes' S/Z, with structuralism switched for OOO and S/Z for an assortment of "The Mountains of Madness" type stuff. It's using OOO to justify a close reading of Lovecraft. It's using Lovecraft to demonstrate what OOO can be applied for. And, as befits any OOO discussion, it can't be summed up by a list of its parts--or qualities. The book ...more
Object Oriented Ontology (OOO) is fun and made funner still by the fact that Graham Harman seeks to defend Lovecraft's style against the ancient old ones (i.e. other writers), whom lurking in the mists of time whisper for modern readers to critique Lovecraft for his anachronisms, his obtuse (though acting like acute) verbage, and some really long sentences.

Still, perhaps he is right to do so. Harman writes of Lovecraft as a kind of Elder Giant whose visage transcended the constraints of his his
Seems like more of a defense of Lovecraft's writing style than an appraisal of his content. Though given that many are now realizing the important of his contents but few give him points for style, this may very well be a positive thing.
I really so super wanted to like this...but it is just too repetitive. :/
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