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By Nick Hornby

EISBN-13: 9780698156906

A new selection of nonfiction writing on tradition from the bestselling writer of High Fidelity.

Books, videos, Rhythm, Blues brings jointly the easiest of Nick Hornby's non-fiction items on movie and television, writers and painters and song, and together with one extraordinary fragment of autobiography. With subject material starting from the Sundance pageant to Abbey highway Studios, from P.G. Wodehouse to The West Wing, those are items that 'were written for enjoyable, or simply because I felt I had issues to assert and time to claim them, or as the commissions have been strange and ingenious, or simply because ... i used to be being requested to move someplace I had by no means been before.'

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Warped cardboard signs. It was an old store — old as hell [11]. Later on, when Ted talks with Will Christopher, he is told that Pine Street was replaced by Fairmount, and that “Pine Street was a nice place. A lot nicer than Fairmount” (61). Christopher reveals that the town was “replaced” abruptly, overnight, eighteen years before, and complains that “[e]verything is worse” (63); we might doubt this, since this judgment is uttered by a drunkard, yet also Ted realizes that the part of the town where Will lives is more decayed than the one he remembers.

No wonder then that one of the first displays of Peter’s magic powers is the creation of small clay golems at the beginning of the third chapter (19): the cosmic polarities fight by proxies in Puppets, and the story ends soon after they strip themselves of their human husks (Dr. Meade and Peter) to resume a struggle that is “much bigger than anything [we] can experience” (135), as Armaiti explains to Ted. Besides, the novel begins with a scene of children playing while Peter watches them; they are “carefully kneading and shaping brown lumps of clay into vague shapes” (5), something that Peter will do much better and with startling results.

Capra’s film is thus a cautionary tale that should teach both an ethical and a political lesson. In The Cosmic Puppets the lesson to be learned seems to be metaphysical: once Ted discovers that there are greater powers at work in Millgate than it may seem, and is told who the two “cosmic towers of being” (49) are who loom large over the town (104), it is quite clear that behind the strange events, the replacement of the town with a degraded version of it (and its original inhabitants), the isolation of the place by means of uncanny barriers (52–7), the acts of witchcraft performed by Peter, a weird and hostile boy, there is the struggle between two ancient and mysterious godheads, Ormazd and Ahriman (104).

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