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The Names of Women By Natalia Theodoridou
I have this flutter in my chest. Thebes, the defeated city, smolders before us, Athens already behind us, and I flutter, I flutter, I can't speak.
short.story  fantasy  mythology 
3 days ago by alclaexman
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor | Rattle: Poetry
Neil Postman Award for Metaphor Winners

"Much like George Lakoff and Ludwig Wittgenstein, Postman maintained that words (and words, in truth, are metaphors) are as much the driver of reality as they are the vehicle. ... For Postman, the study of metaphor was unending and metaphors were as crucial as they were omnipresent; they served to give form to and dictate experience. Is America the great melting pot, or is it an experiment in unity through diversity? What metaphors are embedded in television commercials ... Put simply, Postman (like his teacher and hero, Marshall McLuhan), maintained that the medium through which information is conveyed directly colors meaning and our sense of the world ... We are, essentially, what we see, hear, and read. Postman might go so far as to opine that we are the metaphors we use."

This makes me wonder about metaphor shading into myth...
poetry  Rattle  metaphor  Neil-Postman  mythology 
12 days ago by pierredv
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1104299018908131328
Me & the Society president before my talk on underworld & what termed the “night sea jou…
Jung  mythology  CarlJung  from twitter_favs
17 days ago by John-Dobbin
Nukes
See Ambrose in Perspectives (78-79). Seems to oversimplify Truman's understanding of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Did he REALLY not know these were civilian targets? Did the military really have a third bomb ready to drop? What about the option of dropping a demonstration bomb on a deserted island? Why wasn't that even mentioned?

Also, underplays the role of civilian authority centered on an elected commander-in-chief.

Ultimately, the absurdity of having nuclear weapons is never really addressed. In the end, why even argue over who decides or if there is a check on the president? Has this just occurred to people because of Trump? If there wasn't significant reform after Nixon, there wouldn't be any more political will. Plus, what about the Long Peace?

The protagonist in this story clearly signaled to his superiors that he had reservations about following orders. That alone disqualified him.

Former DoD Secretary Perry suggests the wisest course (having Congress declare war), but it comes down to a Constitutional struggle between the branches of government over control. But hasn't Congress effectively abdicated its war powers? No declared wars since WW II.
history  mythology  WWII  from iphone
21 days ago by oripsolob
Balloon Man
If it hadn’t been for the camel, Mithun might never have noticed the old balloon seller at all. He almost didn’t notice the camel either. If he’d been looking for it, he probably wouldn’t have.
short.story  fantasy  mythology 
23 days ago by alclaexman
Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined | smithsonianmag.com | Smithsonian
cf. wondering if tales about Trolls, Ogres, and Giants could be even more ancient folklore re: Neanderthals, Denisovans, etc.
History_of_now  mythology  grade_A 
28 days ago by Marcellus
no holy place existed without us then by <user name="AceQueenKing" site="AO3">
Circe stays with Penelope and sends the boys on the quest instead. This is the ending I was hoping for from the book, and it captures the language and cadences beautifully.
mythology  feb-19 
28 days ago by victoria.p
Brexit and Europe from the perspective of a citizen of nowhere | Richard Seymour on Patreon
A brisker way to put this is that capital can't be a citizen of nowhere, because it is loyal to what exists. The name for ‘nowhere’ used to be utopia, literally a non-place. To be a citizen of nowhere is to be a utopian, to have loyalties to a country that doesn't yet exist. And it may be the only space from which the apparent choice between Europeanism and racist nationalism is apprehensible as a double-bind.
Europe  identity  mythology  history  migration  borders  Frontex  refugees  Mediterranean  Turkey  Brexit  Leave  Islamophobia  UK  politics  territory  capitalism  dctagged  dc:creator=SeymourRichard 
4 weeks ago by petej
668: The Long Fuse
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome cooked up by Ho Man Kwok or "Hu-man crock of..."
restaurants  mythology  history  Food  Media  literacy 
5 weeks ago by oripsolob

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