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A chilling reminder

[ by Charles Cameron — Marisa Urgo on Zawahiri ]

I have long been familiar with the second quote in this pair, the one by Anais Nin, and regard it as one of the touchstones of my understanding of the creative process. Anais Nin is exactly right in thinking that in terms of the arts, it is the deeply felt personal detail that profoundly touches the artist’s audience, and thus becomes universal.

It was therefore with quite a shock of recognition that I read Marisa Urgo‘s latest post in her series on Zawahiri‘s Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet. If Zawahiri’s spiritual autobiography draws this sort of response from an analyst giving it a close reading, it’s likely something we should be paying attention to.



Marisa’s series thus far can be read in reverse order here.

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