Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Reading and Runescaping

Seems like I've been doing a lot when I really haven't. A bit of writing, a lot of reading, "The Brian Factor" is officially online (though I still have about six entries to archive), stuff like that.

First off, I've been reading some amazing books. Amy Thomson's Storyteller, for one. For years I've been recommending her book The Color of Distance, but my emotional response to her new novel was much deeper. You can check out the little blurb I wrote on

I also read Damn! A Book of Calumny by H.L. Mencken. This is an old book, copyrighted in 1918, but most of the subjects he addresses are still relevent. This is also a good source for thought-provoking and humorous quotes.

"Poetry, to me, has but two meanings. On the one hand, it is a magical escape from the sordidness of metabolism and the class war, and on the other hand it is a subtle, very difficult and hence very charming art, like writing fugues or mixing mayonnaise."

"The final test of truth is ridicule. Very few religious dogmas have ever faced it and survived."

"What humor could be wilder than that of life itself?"

"All great religions, in order to escape absurdity, have to admit a dilution of agnosticism. It is only the savage, whether of the African bush or the American gospel tent, who pretends to know the will and intent of God exactly and completely. "For who hath known the mind of the Lord?" asked Paul of the Romans. "How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" "It is the glory of God," said Solomon, "to conceal a thing." "Clouds and darkness," said David, "are around him." "No man," said the Preacher, "can find out the work of God." ... The difference between religions is a difference in their relative content of agnosticism. The most satisfying and ecstatic faith is almost purely agnostic. It trusts absolutely without professing to know at all."

And I've been Runescaping again. Sometimes, things in the game just don't make sense:

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