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Author:  des2 [ Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Mystery!

I received today, out of the blue, an anonymous Small Press Magazine (old-fashioned format with staples, smartly printed and laid-out) entitled INTERSTICE.
Guest editor: Franz Kafka!
Does anyone know anything about this? A real mystery!! Whoever sent it obviously knew my home address.

It contains, among other things, "Residential astrologer Mase Ecasi explores the interstitial significance of two days from history linked by their position on the Aztec calendar", something about a Dental Wynch, a story (?) entiltled 'The Life And Times Of Granny Sump', an article about Frisland, a picture of a lateral rocking-chair, tips on how to reduce your vocabulary to just 100 words, and a 'spot the dog' competition. And much more.

Author:  Tony [ Sat Mar 17, 2007 6:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mystery!

des2 wrote:
how to reduce your vocabulary to just 100 words

Watch Big Brother..?

Author:  des2 [ Sat Mar 17, 2007 8:10 pm ]
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There is also an advert for 'Ratsticker' in this mag, for killing rats. The print is too small to read but it doesn't seem terribly humane.

Author:  Roy [ Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:52 pm ]
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A new user under the name something mortgage? Is that a spammer? Sorry if it's a genuine pseudonym but it is suspicious.

Author:  des2 [ Tue Mar 20, 2007 9:30 am ]
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Is that a clue to the Mystery? Or an interstitial posting, Roy? ;-)

Author:  Roy [ Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:38 am ]
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At risk of increasing the thread's vocabulary beyond 100 words surely it meets both criteria?

Author:  Mase Escasi [ Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:14 pm ]
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I'd just like to reassure you that no rats were harmed in the making of this magazine.

Author:  Mike A [ Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:22 am ]
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Des, sounds like you might've accidentally slipped into a Borges story! Have you spotted any glass tigers wandering around Clacton lately?

Author:  des2 [ Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:50 am ]
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Indeed, Mike.
Also amased that Mase Escasi has turned up here.
I wonder if he or she will solve any mystery posed by my first post all those months ago.
I also originally posted the mystery on the Interstitial Boards here:

Author:  Mase Escasi [ Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:32 pm ]
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Nemonymity creates mystery, eh, Des? I sent you a copy (and recently a second) because I had previously purchased 'Nemonymous' and found it most interesting.

The pretentious explanation is this: a gap exists within each article designed to direct the reader toward what is connoted rather than what is denoted.

Non-pretentious? The mag is a kind of toilet paper: I find that sudden epiphanies sometimes occur in such situations. Also, it's just about porous enough to have a practical use in emergencies.

A kind of wilful obscurity, in other words.

Thank you for directing me to the 'Interstitial Arts' pages. I'll have a proper look and post another reply.

Author:  des2 [ Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:34 am ]
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Hi, Mase
I'm afraid I never received a second Interstice Magazine but thanks for the thought.
I still can't think who you are; but the mag is certainly a wonderful thing. It would be a shame to spoil its mystery.

Author:  des2 [ Tue Oct 23, 2007 11:56 am ]
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Hey, just received INTERSTICE 2 in the post!
What a delight! What a mystery! Thanks.
The guest editor this time is Arthur Conan Doyle.
Includes the second part of 'The Life & Times of Granny Sump', Baby Bush's mission to Mars, Mediatrix & Narcissus (Media eats her children), an astonishing picture of the Divine Horseman, the second in the series based on the Aztec sacred calendar and much else.

But being versed in Esoteric Astrology, I went straight to the Horoscopes page as I do in all magazines. My Capricorn Sun Sign has: 'On the flowery carpet there are perfect flowers - you will be weeded!' Strangely, this reflects the plot of my novel 'The Hawler'....

Thanks again.

Author:  Mase Escasi [ Tue Oct 23, 2007 10:45 pm ]
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Hi Des,

Glad you got the second issue (retrograde Mercury and all that, you know) as I was just thinking of posting another to you and a couple of other people yet to be bemused by its arrival.

I lost a novel under similar auspices recently - I hope you've backed up 'The Hawler'!

All the best.

Author:  des2 [ Wed Oct 24, 2007 11:02 am ]
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Mase Escasi wrote:
Hi Des,
I hope you've backed up 'The Hawler'!

Also liked in Interstice2 the "When onto the carpet came radiant Condwiramurs" film still from 'The Holy Grail' (with Humphrey Bogart, directed by John Huston).

PS: Crazy Donkey in Hawler

Author:  Mase Escasi [ Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:16 pm ]
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If only I had the implacability of that donkey...

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