The flame separated from the wick and traveled further into the darkness. Job stood and followed it until it illuminated another door. It was black. It was made of stone, maybe obsidian. He felt as if this door was the center of the labyrinth. On the door was written, “Death comes knocking.” He knocked on … Continue reading The Ur Sorceress (Sample from The Fall of Mephisto)
Shakespeare doesn't moralize, he just writes, and his characterology is masterful. But after having read Hamlet, what a person would think upon reflection is, that if Hamlet would have just walked away, chilled the fuck out in some other castle or at a university, cooled his chaos, vented into the void, everything would have been … Continue reading The Moral of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
There are rare beings who posses an abnormal abundance of emotions. Under certain conditions, for instance, in isolation, and with the right upbringing, they become more in tuned with reality. That is, isolation makes them vulnerable, and this vulnerability brings forth creation. So it is with the great genius of analyzation, who become wizards in … Continue reading The Romantic Solitary Wanderer and The Cult of Genius
Rage--Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son AchillesMurderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,great fighters' souls, but made their bodies carrion,feasts for the dogs and birds,and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end. Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed. … Continue reading Achilles, Man at War With Himself
The Faust of Part 1 is a bad man. He ruins a young girls life completely. He has killed Her mother and brother, he gets Gretchen pregnant and then deserts her. He's a bad man, a solipsist who can't get in the mind of others, he doesn't seem to empathize because he's too concerned with … Continue reading The Character Arc of Goethe’s Faust
The Greek tragedians were the first depth psychologist, performing on the stage tales of virtue and vice, of fatal flaws, showing to the crowd that character meant destiny, displaying to us that what moves us is often within ourselves, the rage of Achille, the nerve of Medea, the insanity of Ajax, great examples of heroism … Continue reading My Name is Ajax; Agony is its Meaning.