Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Doris Lessing, this year's Nobel laureate in literature... alas!

>Doris Lessing "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".

Did she get this year's Nobel prize for The Cleft? If so, then I do not find her the epicist of MY female experience, but rather as boring, stupid and pretentious as I feared!

This, her most recent "novel" (2007) has no believable, identifiable characters, since it reduces all the personages to 'archetypes', or rather pasteboard stereotypes. It has no plot, because its timeframe uneasily straddles the great divide between historical time (ancient Rome) and evolutionary, or uncountable, time. I wonder if she intends it as mythology, anthropology or science fiction? As any of the above genres, she has failed abysmally, in her pomposity, imho! ;-P

Therefore it has no meaningful emotional tension to speak of, as evolutionary time does not willingly allow confinement within the parameters of a novel framework, however "post-modern" the intention. I find her story about as meaningless and unbelievable as the Bible itself; did she set out to write her own "Bible", I wonder? If so, then she has succeeded, because she has achieved a tour-de-force as meaningless and unbelievable as I already find the Bible!

Moral of this story? Do NOT let Swedish prize-givers choose your reading material for you!!! ;-P

Saturday, November 24, 2007


R.I.P. (rot in pieces), Louie the Fly!!!
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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Turning Descartes on his head

Descartes's "proof" of the existence of god turned into its contrary:

(1) Nothing that exists has perfection, i.e. you will always find a fly in the ointment somewhere (Buddha's first, and imho, most indisputable truth!) ;-))

(2) god = the idea of perfection

(3) Therefore, god cannot exist (except as an idea!) LMAO

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Shadow totems

Shadow totems? Hmm, hard for me, since, imho, people who hate snakes and spiders simply "have no soul"... lol!

But your mentioning nightmares gave it to me... the rat! (Not too crazy about mice either, the thought of small, swarming, seething rodent hoards under the floorboards just gives me creeps!)

Strange, because in other ways, rats and mice (at a distance) seem quite cute, warm, furry, warm-blooded, and you have to love a mouse's small, glistening, bright eyes... I could respect one guy's affection for his pet rat when he held it, although I could not; with mice, the thought that, if you see one in your house, means that ten others lurk beneath the floorboards, drove me (because I still do not like the unnecessary cruelty of poison, even in their case, and the thought of having to dispose of a trap with a dead rodent body in it just gave me the heebie-jeebies) to borrow the mouse's natural predator, a CAT!!! And at that point, the cat and I really bonded, as the cat supplied me with Tom-and-Jerry cartoons of ruthless efficiency in disposing of mice... hehe ;-))

I could tolerate mice in a small mouse house for my son, then at kindergarten age, but when they gnawed through the chipboard and escaped, I felt happy to pass it on to the local kindergarten as a 'donation', then to become their problem...

Rats became my nightmare on reading Camus' The Plague in Year 12; I also picked up my Norwegian mother-in-law's worst nightmare, in Norway, of rats tumbling out of a hole in the wall... Interestingly, a common species of rat, along with 'Rattus rattus', gets called 'rattus norvegicus'? Perhaps an encapsulation and anticipation of the traumatic, as opposed to idyllic, aspects of my whole Norwegian experience?

In other ways, I respect their intelligence, so like our own, and the fact that they alone, along with cockroaches (*shudder!*) stand to inherit the earth in the event of catastrophe...

Strangely enough, I have rat, in a perfect Chinese trine, with monkey and dragon in my Chinese horoscope. Something about "the perpetual student" in me, greedy, but more so for knowledge rather than food... I would love to have a rat suck up to me, and fawn on me, as monkeys famously suck up to, and fawn on, dragons... ;-))

I still don't like them much, but I respect them more and more as a shadow totem every day ;-))

OK, enough about mine; your shadow totems, anybody? ;-))

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