Thursday, July 24, 2003

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"After a few minutes he became absorbed. It was the strangest book that he had ever read. It seemed to him that in exquisite raiment, and to the delicate sound of flutes, the sins of the world were passing in dumb show before him. Things that he had dimly dreamed of were suddenly made real to him. Things of which he had never dreamed were gradually revealed."

Because I am a shameless (but literary) fangirl, I've been rereading The Picture of Dorian Gray, inspired by LXG last week (at least something good came out of seeing that film).

One thing that struck me was the similarity of the corrupting yellow book that Dorian reads in Chapter 10 to The King in Yellow, a fictional book tangentially related to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos - a book that corrupts its readers and often drives them mad, if they manage to finish it at all.

What a crossover that would be!

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