Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Lost Maps and What We Leave Behind

Tobias Seamon tells us what he's learned from literature:

"Dracula" illuminated the perils of foreign travel: fatigue, disingenuous sleeping arrangements, and unappetizing dietary options.


Treasure Island" made it plain that every great adventure (fiscal, sexual, psychological) begins with a lost map.

"The Pit and the Pendulum" was a lesson on why to avoid Baltimore at all costs.

"And Then There Were None" made me love one of the world's deepest truths: that by the end everyone is dead, and the only way to identify the killer will be the belles lettres we have left behind.

Some of what I have learned from literature:

"Illuminatus!" taught me that the world we live inñ and our language, is far stranger and more humurous than i ever thought possible.

"The Stranger" showed me that there is nothing to fear. Ever. Even death is just something to do to fill up an afternoon.

"Tlon Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" ilustrated how the most unsettling things are very, very tiny and often overlooked.

"Fight Club" taught me to hate what modern humanity has created in the name of progress.

"The Martian Chronicles" taught me to love modern humanity, in spite of what horrible things progress brings.


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