Steve Erickson

[Read by way of Bronson Pinchot]

This ''darkly beautiful'' (Washington Post) novel has been hailed as Erickson's best.

at the comparable August day in 1969 crazed hippie ''family'' led through Charles Manson commits 5 savage murders within the canyons above la, a tender ex-communicated seminarian arrives with pictures of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift - ''the most pretty humans within the historical past of the movies'' - tattooed on his head. straight away childlike and violent, Vikar isn't a cineaste yet ''cineautistic,'' sound asleep at evening within the Roosevelt lodge the place he is haunted by means of the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a tradition in upheaval: unusual medicines that frighten him, a wierd sexuality that consumes him, an odd tune he does not comprehend. Over the process the seventies and into the eighties, he pursues his obsession with movie from one screening to the following and during a sequence of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran movie editors, simply to find a mystery whose clues lie in each movie ever made.

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