One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Friday, January 20, 2012

Herbert's "The King of the Ants"

Not as excited about his mythological essays as the others--but still plenty of good bits.

Here's one: the beginning of the essay titled "Triptolemos":

Here is a myth for those weary of the world's cruelty (the thoughtless cruelty of humans and the calculated cruelty of gods), a myth flat as a plain, a soothing myth, which is why narrators thirsty for blood and intrigue tend to avoid it.
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