“I have a tendency to get too fancy, to get myself tied up in torturous sentence fragments that would never be sayable. If I think to myself, Now I’m really going to lay it on the line and explain why people get excited about free verse, or who Algernon Swinburne is, and if I silently begin writing a paragraph about it, all these odd belletristic flights start happening that may or may not be helpful. But if I speak it, I’m surprised how everything I have to say obediently gets in line, like people waiting for a bus.”
– Nicholson Baker on speak-typing
Man was killed in car accident. He was texting someone, I deserve something better.
He was reading Kundera, drinking single malt and smoking a Cuban cigar. Earth shook violently, so did the walls and glass and TV. He tried to get up but couldn’t move his legs. Smirked and sipped on amid crumbling walls.
A singer went to his success party. Drank something and lost his voice.
“We erect a statue in our own image inside ourselves – idealised, you know, but still recognisable – and then spend our lives engaged in the effort to make ourselves into its likeness.”
Milan Kundera on metaphors
If the Pharaoh’s daughter hadn’t snatched the basket carrying little Moses from the waves, there would have been no Old Testament, no civilization as we now know it! How many ancient myths begin with the rescue of an abandoned child! If Polybus hadn’t taken in the young Oedipus, Sophocles wouldn’t have written his most beautiful tragedy!
Tomas did not realize at the time that metaphors are dangerous. Metaphors are not to be trifled with. A single metaphor can give birth to love.
Hyperion - Sun God, Theia - his wife
Helios - son of Hyperion
Selene - Moon goddess, sister of Helios
Endymion - her mortal lover, Zeus gave him eternal beauty, youth and sleep
Eos - Dawn goddess, sister of Helios
Tithonus - immortal lover without eternal youth, later turned into 1st grasshopper
Others - Cephalus, Orion, Cleitus (immortal)
Clymene - Helios’ lover, from ancient Ethiopia
Phaëthon - son of Helios, Zeus killed him by a thunderbolt when he was driving his dad’s chariot uncontrollably.
Titanomachy - battle in which Zeus and the Olympians beat Cronus and the Titans
Themis - Goddess (Titan) of Right and Justice, on Zeus’ side
Themis’ sons - Prometheus (team Zeus) & Epimetheus (team Cronus)
Hieros Gamos - sacred marriage between sky god and earth goddess
1. Gaia & Uranus
2. Rhea & Cronus
3. Zeus & Hera
side note - Cronus castrated Uranus after his mom got angry because Uranus locked away awful ugly Hecatonchires.
“Musil’s librarian thus keeps himself from entering into the books under his care, but he is far from indifferent or hostile toward them, as one might suppose. On the contrary, it is his love of books—of all books—that incites him to remain prudently on their periphery, for fear that too pronounced an interest in one of them might cause him to neglect the others.”
– How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read