Steve Erickson

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

at the similar August day in 1969 crazed hippie ''family'' led by means of 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 heritage of the movies'' - tattooed on his head. instantaneously childlike and violent, Vikar isn't a cineaste yet ''cineautistic,'' sound asleep at evening within the Roosevelt lodge the place he is haunted via the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a tradition in upheaval: unusual medications that frighten him, an odd sexuality that consumes him, a wierd song 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 chain of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran movie editors, basically to find a mystery whose clues lie in each movie ever made.

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