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.

Live From Golgotha

Live from Golgotha - Gore Vidal Vidal is devilishly clever (pun intended, though, irreverently withdrawn...) with this book, a postmodern, post-theist, post-omni masterpiece that has its slow points where it gets a little clever for its own good (perhaps intentionly). I forgive him, though like a Judas must, I still remove a star.

The novel is about the nature of belief and its relationship with narrative structure. It uses Christianity as its model, but one gets the sense that it could have used any Grand Narrative. It's interesting how seriously it has been taken by some believers, perhaps because they realise just how 'true' it may be. That would smart like a nail through the palm...

The dark humour is dark and humourous, the characters parodic and real - often at the same time - and the sense of the finitude of the narrative infinity sometimes overwhelming. I enjoyed it, but then, I'm not a believer like you, Timikins.

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