Slimmer Silmarillion

Original image by Orikunie at http://orikunie.deviantart.com/
Original image by Orikunie at http://orikunie.deviantart.com/ This year we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. The imposing tome is a massive collection of mythopoeic works that tell the creation myth of Middle Earth, and recount the ages that preceded the saga The…

Read More »

R.I.P, R.A.W.

RAW
Along with Terence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson can be thought of as a psychedelic messenger who took a baton from Timothy Leary before heading off on a long strange journey into consciousness expanding new realities. McKenna became the greatest spokesman an entheogen could ever dream of, but Wilson became something…

Read More »

A Scanner Darkly at 40

A-Scanner-Darkly
Had a pretty busy weekend including hitting Red Arrow on Saturday night for Daniel Holland’s new exhibition. It’s a great show of paintings including collage elements and even shaped canvases that give the display more of a sculptural sensibility than Holland’s previous work. If you’re in…

Read More »

Remembering The Wall

the wall
1982 was an amazing year for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films: E.T., Conan the Barbarian, Blade Runner, Creepshow, The Thing, Poltergeist, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, and The Dark Crystal all debuted that year. Another 1982 movie that was full of fantastic elements as well as fantastic music was Pink…

Read More »

Pooh S.S.R.

RussianPooh
Lately it feels like we’re heading back into some kind of full on Cold War II with Russia or WWIII with Russia or some slimy partnership with Putin involving Russian mobsters, bad debts, shirtless badminton, a vodka haze, a Volga fog, some leaked emails and a pizzagate golden shower. Whatever the future holds…

Read More »

Dangerous Doc

Batty
A few weeks ago I shared an old Insomnia post to my social media networks for From the Archives Friday — it was a notice celebrating the birthday/inception date of Roy Batty, the leader of the renegade replicants in the original Blade Runner film. Batty’s inception date on January 8, 2016 takes on special…

Read More »

Lord of the Rings

JRRTolkienYoung
In the opening of JRR TOLKIEN ’1892-1973′ – A Study Of The Maker Of Middle-earth, Tolkien’s son, Christopher, says that the attraction of Middle Earth and its stories can be found in his dad’s “…extraordinary power of compelling literary belief in an unreal world or what he…

Read More »

Bye Bye, Berger

johnberger
Art critic, novelist, painter and poet John Berger died on Monday. Berger celebrated his 90th birthday last year and a BBC special and a very good documentary film marked the occasion. Here’s some of my Burnaway review for The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger. It’s followed by a YouTube…

Read More »

Party On, People

24_hour_party_people
So the mail wasn’t running yesterday and my girlfriend had the day off so I sort of also had the day off to hang out with her. I managed to post to this blog, hand in a column, edit an article, and meet with an editor, but I also managed to go for a drive, do a bit of shopping, take a walk on a gloomy winter…

Read More »

Antarctica’s Nazi UFO...

nazi ufo
Over the long weekend I happened upon a New York Post article talking about a massive anomaly discovered beneath the ice in the Antarctic. It turns out that scientists think it’s a huge asteroid that might change our view of the history of the planet. Here’s a bit… Some researchers believe it is the…

Read More »

© 2017 Joe Nolan's Insomnia. All Rights Reserved.
Built by Paper Lion. #teamwork