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Strange Angel by George Pendle
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Aug 12, 2007

really liked it

Another quick vacation read--have been curious about the topic for a long time; Loren Cameron told me years ago his "Uncle Jack," the subject of this biography, so it was an unexpected pleasure to stumble across this book at City Lights. It's a great California Studies sort of book, about the social and intellectual connections between occultism, sexual libertinism, bohemian lifestyles, left wing politics and science fiction among the the people at Caltech who pretty much invented American rocketry. There were so many interesting threads to follow, many of them queer, several of them intersecting at Clinton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles, which got me all hot and bothered about some of the spatial studies stuff I've been reading for the past year or so. I'll say no more, read it for yourself, it's a trippy treat.
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