I go to meet my image and my image comes to meet me:
it caresses and embraces me as if I were returning from captivity. from
the Mandaean Liturgies for the Dead
His own religious conscience in the form of a fair maiden.
from the Avesta
God is identical with Space.
Jonathan Edwards, Notes
Give me chastity and continency, only not yet.
Augustine, The Confessions
My dear fellow--if the public believes that a picture is by Raphael, and
will pay the price of a Raphael--then it is a Raphael.
William Gaddis, The Recognitions
Chianti is Sangiovese with a straw additive.
loosely translated from the Etruscan
Let them slay one god and let the gods be purified in the judgement.
The Babylonian Poem of Creation
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We have come to live at Miss Hester's, Anibal and me. We do not feel entirely
at home here. It does not help that the sickening sweet odor of banana
paste rises through the floor boards, filling our nostrils with its putrid
uncertainty. Ours is a commonplace loft with walls that annoy us and hem
us in at every turn. Early in the morning, when the sun rays penetrate
horizontally through the tall windows facing east, our bodies become starkly
visible and the loft presents itself as a contain- er measurable with
those wooden rulers Miss Hester keeps for use on her canvases. It is,
then, as if we were in Miss Hester's like objects in a box.