Literature offers us many answers to the dilemma of victorious warriors: the lucky, like Achilles, die; the unlucky, like Paul Atreides, go quite mad. Agamemnon is murdered, Odysseus turns feral; this is the way the world ends, never all at once.
Mirrors & Myths.
This is the creature there has never been. They never knew it, and yet, nonetheless, they loved the way it moved, its limber neck, its very gaze, mild and serene. Not there, because they loved it, it behaved as though it were. They always left some space. And in that clear unpeopled space they saved…
Field of Magnetic Impulses.
I would like to be Mercutio. Among his virtues, I admire above all his lightness, in a world full of brutality, his dreaming imagination- as the poet of Queen Mab- and at the same time his wisdom, as the voice of reason amid the fanatical hatreds of Capulets and Montagues. He sticks to the old…
The Cult of the Big Book.
The unfolding of the Logos introduced directionality into history Such as do build their faith upon The Holy Text of pike and gun Decide all controversy by Infallible Artillery And prove their doctrine orthodox By Apostolic blows and knocks call Fire and Sword and Desolation A godly-thorough-Reformation. Samuel Butler. This monster-post, inspired by the book…
The Hindu sense of time is intense; the importance of time as an agency for change, the sense that things that happen come to fruition at a particular moment- now- pervades the great history called the Mahabharata Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternate History SouthAsia emerges from prehistory in the grip of two equally frustrating…