seductive hallucination ZOO ARCHIVE
e220: an introduction to literarature
professor bill nericcio

A public domain video of the classic Jekyll & Hyde film from 1920 featuring John Barrymore--for broadband users with a lot of time only! From the link page: "'Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.' Film based on the classic of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". This is a 1920 version, directed by John S. Robertson. It's in public domain and available at Public Domain Torrents."

Sargon Odah, an undergraduate in our Seductive Hallucination class, transformed into Jekyll/Hyde this past weekend--very cool!  Here's a peek:

satire is the most vicious and contentious form of literature--i was just in austin, and was treated to the work of a new ensemble of comedians; here is a taste of their work (even if you don't share their view, or, better put, especially if you don't share their views, give them a taste--their comic timing/methodology is worthy of further study):

A new outrageous and OFFENSIVE dave chappelle video clip for our comedy/satire/race class later in the semester:

A very cool gallery of classic Peguin book covers--this link is for book fetishists ONLY!

The text of Mary Gaitskill's SECRETARY short story is here.  Do be warned that the material of this story like that of the film is ADULT. Moreover,, the host, is an adult erotica site!  You were warned!

toyA brilliant fusion of TOY STORY and REQUIEM FOR A DREAM!--thanks to seductive hallucinator ELLIOTT (erowe at for the headsup!  The original site is here.

Can a map be "literary"?  To the extent that it reshapes our vision of something we presume we understand, I think it can.  The Middle East is a contentious site; doings there impact the day to day life of people across the planet.  Here is a curious re-imagining of the region:



Diva Frida in the UK, 2005

Frida Kahlo's background and ART!

Here are more reviews and features concerning SECRETARY than you can shake a stick at!!  BEWARE--most give away ALL the films delicious and disturbing surprises.

Director and Actors: SECRETARY
shainberg and more

For later in the semester, a Chappelle show outtake!

A space akin to the Seductive Hallucination zone!

The Oxford English Dictionary holds forth on THE FANTASTIC in preparation for your reading for MONDAY!

details in the CALENDAR.


A student writes in on THE SCIENCE OF SLEEP

Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 12:45:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: susanne procopio   smpsandyeggo at
Subject: Science of sleep

Hey, thanks for showing the preview for The Science of
Sleep in class a few weeks ago. I went and saw it last
night and it was really good. It totally relates to
what we're talking about in class--it really clicked
with the last part of class today, talking about the
circular ruins, spending all of your time working on
something in your dreams, only to realize you are a
dream yourself.

Just wanted to say thanks...
Susanne Procopio

The Oxford English Dictionary on TRANSFERENCE

Lyrics to THERE THERE by RADIOHEAD--our session opening song for Monday, October 2, 2006


A seductive hallucination member writes in with a Jared Leto/REQUIEM FOR A DREAM/30 SECONDS TO MARS fusion!

From: "Gabriela Reyes" <gabbers35 at>

Professor Nerricio,

I am currently watching fuse on television. In case you are unfamiliar with channel 357, they play music videos 24/7, with a few countdown shows.  As I was flipping through these music channels, I heard a song I like and guess who was singing!? It was Jared Leto with his band 30 Seconds to Mars.  I went onto to make sure it was him and also listened to a live version where he says that the song "The Kill" is about "losing your mind."  I started doing research not so much to see that it was him, but because the video itself shows a hallucination of people having death inside themselves and having doubles who portray a happier self than they truly are. 

One similarity I found with Requiem for a Dream was that in the video time changes with titles. I believe the video says "Hotel" and "Two weeks later" whereas in the movie major sequences change with the seasons--fall, winter etc. 

It doesn't play such a large roll in the video, but still struck me as I watched. 

See you Monday,
Gaby Reyes Section 220.4


A link to CHRIS MARKER (LA JETEE) resources on the WWW.

Literature--the skeleton key for the human psyche.
moses juarez, 1979
laredo, texas

Required new reading for WEDNESDAY October 4, 2006!

Click HERE for a very lucid gloss of the poem and its origins!

Carlos Zambrano writes in to suggest that this site somehow jives with the literary archeology of the seductive hallucination--what do you think?

lolaVery difficult and very cool piece of cutting edge critical film theory by a complit prof!

marker scriptLook what amazing GTA Cathy Miller found! Very cool!


Two of my genius GTAs pointed out to me the connections between the work of Jorge Luis Borges and MC Escher, the Dutch artist--it is funny how literature works: I threw Borges into the mix to help many students who had a problem making their way through Chris Marker's LA JETEE; NOW Escher turns up to help readers make their way through Borges.  On and on and on we go! Here's a good ESCHER archive:



Three very useful guides/interviews for Los Bros Hernandez and Love and Rockets... older interview

...a newer profile

...and a cool character guide for Jaime's short stories

Titles in Literature and Cinema are key!  Read the image here carefully and be able to answer the following challenge: Why did Hubert Selby, Jr (the writer of the original novel) and Darren Aronofsky (the co-screenwriter and director of the film) entitle this film, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM?

The main themes of this semester's adventure are beginning to reveal themselves: alienation, desire, loneliness, literature as narcotic, narcotics as literature, and psychology seem to lurk around every corner--this will become even more acute with our introduction to the cinematic vision of Darren Aronofsky; here, however, in anticipation of Aronofsky, the work of another seductive hallucination artist: Paul Blow.

(Give it time to load, it is a broadband friendly site!)

An Eye for Annai--see it! share it!

The Borges short story that is now REQUIRED reading for the class!

Another colleague weighs in with links and tips:
Good evening Prof. Nericcio,
    For your seductive pleasure I have enclosed the following links  A strange man in a Gilman like hell.

A kind of personal hero to me in his own words (sort of)

A musical improvised seduction

Free Beat classic!!

A monster of a hallucination

till our next hallucination,

A colleague of yours holds forth on ANDY from EIGHTBALL.

Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 16:47:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: professor! A new hope
From: "Carlos Zambrano" <>
To: "Bill Nericcio" <>


Something I dearly secretly enjoyed keeping to myself has to be
liberated! For the sake of my peers that is. A few of my observations:

1. Andy's girlfriend--her name is Dusty. Huh? What's dusty?
Usually something that is left on a shelf--abandoned. And near
the end of the reading she is just that. Dusty is dusty. (pg. 39)

2. Notice his friends. Oh wait, he has none. Louie is gone, and Sonny is
only his friend because of a "favor". He has none!

3. Peter Parker-- I mean Andy from the looks of things, committed the
greatest sin of all. The most tragic story to be told. His existence is in
doubt. Somewhere in the story I could swear I heard "Great Power comes
With Great Responsibility". It's like the Spider-Man what-IF scenario,
what if a boy and his powers were never actually used to defend crime...or
destroy? It goes both ways for Andy, he never used his gift to do ANYTHING
productive OR destructive. The greatest sin of them all: NOTHING

And that's what Andy ended up with at the end of the story. Nothing.

Aronofsky Interview, hit the image; more interviews here!


Superb NYTIMES peruser Lauren Kersen sends us the following link exploring the origins of American superheroes!

A motivated reader writes in on how CLOWES incorporated a Spiderman origin element in Andy's peculiar tale:

Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 10:16:49 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Dan Clowes Resource Links now available!
From: "Ryan Moore" <>

Hi- I did not want to miss an opportunity to be in on the seductive
hallucination's hall o' fame so....

Go to p.18 of Eigthball...the scene in blue:

Enter Andy (aka, here, Peter Parker) and sees a crowd gathered.
Police tell him, but he doesn't believe it--his grandfather is broken and dying, helpless.
"Pappy!"he exclaims, "Who did this to you?"
The answer? "Andy..."

File under: american pop-culture reference/foreshadow(?)
--Ryan Moore, 220.14:the mental marauders

Useful critical review of EIGHTBALL 23

Cool critical blurb on Dan Clowes's EIGHTBALL 23 from the Village Voice

Interview with Clowes!

Clowes Profile Video

A Hallucinator writes in with a link and a query:

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2006 18:01:06 -0700 (PDT)
From: Liz Minnix <>

Hi Professor,

I am attaching a link in this e-mail of a new gap ad featuring Audrey Hepburn.  Intriguing, it exudes the dynamics of the seductive hallucination by adapting classic beauty and revamping it to be modernly hip.  I would love to know what you think.  Elizabeth Minnix


Another Sage Professor Writes In!

Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:55:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Of Mice and Men! Corruption!
From: "Carlos Zambrano" <>

Hi professor, remember when I was trying to explain that I saw a few parts
of the reading that were "dirty" or "corrupted". Here are some examples of
what I meant!

1. pg 3. "I ain't sure it's good water"- George
2. pg 5. The dead mouse! and Pg 84. The dead puppy! (Death)
3. pg 11. "Why, I could stay in a cat house all night" - George
4. This one's big! PG.18     The entire scene where Curly is explaining to George that everything is clean and ok, after seeing the yellow flea can on his bed. (Everything about that work place was messed up and George and Lennie knew i! )
5. Pg. 24 The entire paragraph of the description of Curly's Dog
6. Curly himself! Got used to the smell of the dog, old, stumped hand,
7.Pg. 27 "Well, that glove is fulla vaseline" Curly
8. Crooks! He thinks himself as a simple "nigger", living with a pile of
manure outside his window, dirty magazines on his shelf (self neglect)
9. Curly's wife is a "tart"
10. Ultimately George disposing of his friend (betrayal)

The entire book is filled with grief, "i wish"'s, and loneliness!
Steinback isn't just writing these things to make his book more
interesting, I believe he is trying to make a point. He wouldn't get out
of his way to explain how Lennie and George always felt uneasy working
there or how Curly's wife was always looking around. In this case, like
you have said in your lectures, he is trying to reach out to us. To let us
see a side of things we tend to put aside because it isn't pretty. To
become aware. That we all have a little bit of corruption.

Editorial Protocols for When you Author an Essay for the Seductive Hallucination--aka, essay cheat-sheet!


A Seductive Hallucination Citizen Writes in With Wisdom

From: Bill Nericcio <>
To: "Michael Haider" <>
Subject: Re: mice and men passage
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 14:18:00 -0700

Hi Bill,

I am writing to share one of my favorite pieces of symbolism from the beginning of the book which i did not bring up in class today for fear of ruining the end of the story for those who had not read it before:
     Lennie dabbled his big paw in the water and wiggled his fingers so the water arose in little splashes; rings widened across the pool to the other side and came back again. Lennie watched them go. 
     "Look, George.Look what I done."

Steinbeck wraps up the core elements of the story in this seemingly unimportant passage; he is indeed always "up to something". We have Lennie's innocent, childlike splashing of the water with his paw (animal imagery)"stirring the pond" (a foreshadowing of the trouble his presence will cause on the farm), and having the rings come back to him, (foreshadowing the tragic repercussions his actions cause).  Every time i read this novel i am amazed at how Steinbeck managed to pack such powerful, symbolic, and touching work into so tiny a book, thanks for making us re-read it.

What NOT to do when we ask you to write an essay!

Trippy ALICE IN WONDERLAND illustrations by John Tenniel
john tenniel

Review your short course on Comedy and Onanism 
while also
boning up on your Spanish!

Geoffrey Chaucer's REEVE's TALE

Charlotte Perkins Gilman supplement by Jaime Hernandez
izzy ruebens

How to sign your name and fold your sheet of paper for an in-class quiz