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Burrowing deep into many rabbit holes of Mark E. Smith and the Fall

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Fisher’s totemic essay, “Memorex for the Krakens,” written in 2006, has been unfurled and reprinted here in full glory, comparing Smith to James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Sinclair Lewis as a high modernist of the late 20th century. To Fisher, the Fall is a harbinger of the Weird — invaders from another reality system, receivers of stray psychic signals, a riot of anti-intellectual intellectualism. He calls them an impossible act. “Such things neither are, nor can be, nor have been,” he writes, quoting the 1st century B.C. military engineer Vitruvius.

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