A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers

...the mildness to which men ... had yielded was only half of the intoxication of beauty, while the other half ... was of such surpassing and terrible cruelty—the most cruel of men delights himself with a flower—that beauty ... failed quickly of its effect... 

Hermann BrochThe Death of Virgil

 

Jeremy Davies is made of ink, but don’t dip a feather in him. It tickles. He once painted a fingernail black and no one really noticed. He was disappointed. He’s also an editor, a religious atheist, a liker of strong coffees, a Shakespeare-lover, a political anarchist and someone who rarely has a pen when he needs one. He has been a PhD candidate, a personal trainer, a life model, a bouncer, an infantry soldier and someone who rarely had a pen when he needed one. He has had words published in a variety of places, in a variety of publications, in a variety of forms, in a variety of moments: Canada, Wet Ink, SMS and twelve minutes past three in the afternoon being some of these. His first novel, 'Missing Presumed Undead', will be re-published by Satalyte Publishing in February 2014. A second is on its way.

The Myth of Sisyphus

The Myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus For the third time in my life I have read this book. It is a beautiful and terrifying edifice in both poetry and prose and philosophy, in that order. This is the most influential book in my life, the most fully dynamic and the most 'truthful', if that's not too against the spirit of it (which, of course, it is) and in my acknowledgement of that, I acknowledge the energy of the absurd that feeds that very sentiment. Here is the requirement to fulfill a structured 'good', a moral highlight within this particular element, and I'm driven toward it like a bizarre internet moth, but, of course the drive is out of sorts with the result. There is not result. My revolt, pathetic and heroic, is to finish short of the requirement. If I resist, I fail. If I succeed I...

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