1. I didn't find that column pretentious at all and in fact really enjoyed it, but that's because puppets are a fascination, which means I enjoy Thomas Ligotti and cheered the link you placed for that online version of the Kleist essay. Given the sheer amount of your reading, I'm assuming you've gone through Victoria Nelson's The Secret Life of Puppets. I've yet to seriously burrow into it, but so far, what I've read is endlessly fascinating stuff.

  2. I've glanced at The Secret Life of Puppets on bookstore shelves a few times, but have not yet brought a copy home. One of those books I'm endlessly intending to get to...


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