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Aurelian of Aquileia

August 1st, 2008

Would you see what no human eyes have seen? Look upon the moon. Would you hear what no ears have heard? Hearken to the cry of the bird. Would you touch what no hands have touched? Put your hand to the earth. Verily I say to you that the moment of God’s creation of the world is yet to come.
–Aurelian of Aquileia

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Popol Vuh

December 7th, 2007

“Our recompense is in words.”
— Hurricane, Sudden Thunderbolt, Newborn Thunderbolt and Heart of Sky, upon the creation of humans. The Popol Vuh

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Josh Ritter

September 25th, 2007

In the hieroglyphs of quills and quatrain lines
Osiris, the fall of Troy, and Auld Lang Syne
–Josh Ritter, “Bone of Song”

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Young Man on Acid

August 20th, 2007

“Young man on acid thought he could fly, jumped out of a building. What a tragedy. … If he thought he could fly, why didn’t he take off from the ground?”
–Bill Hicks, Revelations

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To Resemble One's Enemies

July 8th, 2007

“In time, one inevitably comes to resemble one’s enemies.”
–Borges

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Mia Couto

May 29th, 2007

“And listening to Tuahir’s dreams, with the noises of war in the background, he begins to think: they should invent a gentle, more affable gunpowder, capable of exploding men without killing them. An inverse powder, which would generate more life. And out of one exploded man, the infinity of men within him would be born.”
Mia Couto, Sleepwalking Land

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Mountains of the Moon

May 4th, 2007

Twenty degrees of solitude
Twenty degrees in all
All the dancing kings & wives
assembled in the hall
Lost is the long & lonely time
Fairy Sybil flying
All along the all along
the Mountains of the Moon
Robert Hunter

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Bitten Sun

March 16th, 2007

“The word for eclipse in Maya is chi-bal-kin, literally ‘bitten sun’, and it was the ancient belief, which persisted until fairly recent times, that at the time of an eclipse the sun was bitten by a serpent.”
City of the Sacred Well

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Desert Thinking

March 5th, 2007

I came across this excellent article, whose argument about God and environmentalism and the advance of mankind runs very close to the ideas that inspired a story I’m writing, “The Tarrying Messenger”.

Desert Thinking: Religion and Environmental Crisis by Chuck Groom

This is an emotionally precarious subject for me, as you will no doubt be aware if you’ve read at all into the backlog of this blog. I’m already worried I’ll let the ideas run away with the story and turn it into a preachy mess, which will in turn force me to abandon the ideas and turn the story into something else. So please follow the link, and let this guy’s persuasive talents accomplish what mine have not.

“Assuredly the creation
of the heavens
And the earth
Is a greater matter
Than the creation of humankind;
Yet most people understand it not.”
–Koran, S.60.57, trans. Abdullah Yusaf Ali.

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