Slamming Into The Fourth Wall, or, “Why VALIS?”

I. THE FOURTH WALL: A VERY (VERY) BRIEF OVERVIEW

“Breaking the fourth wall” is when a fictional character—or even simply the narrative itself—acknowledges the existence of the “real life” audience existing beyond the (now-tenuous) barrier between fiction and reality. Some famous examples of breaking the Fourth Wall are Ferris Bueller directly addressing the viewer, Dark Helmet discovering the VHS tape for Spaceballs during the middle of the movie, and the ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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The Daily Eris: My Own Private Necronomicon

Well folks, I’ve been having gastrointestinal/hormonal/who-the-fuck-knows issues for a couple of weeks now. Was it the Jenny Craig? Was the alcohol I haven’t drank in two months actually an integral part of my nutritional structure & I just didn’t realize it? Am I finally at that beautiful point in my overall cycle of life where my dwindling supply of estrogen has gone bugfuck crazy & I’m ready to embrace the Dark Goddess? All of the above?

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Leave Room For Nature: The Enigmatic Georgia Guidestones

“Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason”
–The Georgia Guidestones

There is a uniquely American monument that you won’t see discussed very often in all the standard encyclopedias and travelogues: The Georgia Guidestones.

Located in Elbert County, Georgia, the Guidestones are somewhat of a “modern Stonehenge”—consisting of 5 massive slabs of granite topped with a sixth slab. Engraved on the slabs is a whole host of information, including something resembling almost a secular “Ten Commandments”:

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All My Oswalds: “Harvey And Lee” And Other Tales

“Think of two parallel lines…One is the life of Lee H. Oswald. One is the conspiracy to kill the President. What bridges the space between them? What makes a connection inevitable? There is a third line. It comes out of dreams, visions, intuitions, prayers, out of the deepest levels of the self. It’s not generated by cause and effect like the other two lines. It’s a line that cuts across causality, cuts across time. It has no history that we can recognize or understand. But it forces a connection.”

Don DeLillo, “Libra”

Every once in a while, I revisit the topic of Lee Harvey Oswald’s possible doppelgangers. I do this because I’m generally a well-adjusted person who is fun at parties.

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