Tuesday, October 24, 2017

the last book I ever read (Cigarette Lighter (Object Lessons) by Jack Pendarvis, excerpt nine)

from Cigarette Lighter (Object Lessons) by Jack Pendarvis:

The angelic Stan Laurel, always an exception, bypasses machinery and goes straight for the elements. Peter Sellers, who based his Oscar-nominated performance on Laurel, walks on water at the end of Being There, a kind of epiphanic summing up of Laurel’s persona and influence. In Way Out West, Laurel’s hand works as a lighter. From his closed palm he flicks out his thumb; there’s a flame at the end of it. In a typically deft touch, it sometimes takes him more than one flick to get a light.

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