By Steve Erickson
[Read through Bronson Pinchot]
This ''darkly beautiful'' (Washington Post) novel has been hailed as Erickson's best.
at the similar August day in 1969 crazed hippie ''family'' led by way of Charles Manson commits 5 savage murders within the canyons above la, a tender ex-communicated seminarian arrives with photographs of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift - ''the most lovely humans within the historical past of the movies'' - tattooed on his head. instantly childlike and violent, Vikar isn't really a cineaste yet ''cineautistic,'' dozing at evening within the Roosevelt lodge the place he is haunted through the ghost of D. W. Griffith. Vikar has stepped into the vortex of a tradition in upheaval: unusual medicinal drugs that frighten him, a wierd sexuality that consumes him, a wierd song he does not comprehend. Over the process the seventies and into the eighties, he pursues his obsession with movie from one screening to the following and during a sequence of cinema-besotted conversations and encounters with starlets, burglars, guerrillas, escorts, teenage punks, and veteran movie editors, basically to find a mystery whose clues lie in each movie ever made.