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apologies to my readers

Imagine two men holding a captured puma on a rope. If they want to approach each other, the puma will attack, because the rope will slacken; only if they both pull simultaneously on the rope is the puma equidistant from the two of them. That is why it is so hard for him who reads and him who writes to reach each other: between them lies a mutual thought captured on ropes that they pull in opposite directions. If we were now to ask that puma -- in other words, that thought -- how it perceived these two men, it might answer that at the ends of the rope those to be eaten are holding someone they cannot eat...

From 'Dictionary of the Khazars (female version)' - Milorad Pavic ('88).


courtly manners

The legends of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table are a highpoint of courtly literature. Chivalrous knights go on perilous quests in defense of their ladies' honor. Very romantic, right? Not quite so in the original … Read the full post »

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