The deliciousness of snakes that bite their tails, &c
[ by Charles Cameron — continuing my miscellaneous collections, with metaphor, paradox &c a specialty ]
Two recent headers caught my eye:
You can see why I like those two — there’s something very attractive about the way those headlines double back on themselves.Writers know this self-referential form — the serpent biting it’s tail, or ouroboros — I’ve been suggesting for some time that it’s also a useful heuristic marker of matter of special interest, worth particular attention by intel, natsec and geopolitical analysts.
Okay, another item — a double number his time — for the collections series:
This is from about a week ago, I think, and belongs in my war as metaphor category.
Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, or perhaps said, “The world is so full of a number of things, I ‘m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” I’m that happy, I have to admit, though I’ve no idea whether kings themselves are — hey, given that Shakespeare himself wrote “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown…”
Gov. Northam‘s predicament is one I won’t comment on, but Rev Al Sharpton had a few comments I found worth noting:
This (KKK outfit) is a terrorist uniform .. a terrorist, racist outfit .. You’ve got to be consistent if you’re going to take a moral stand .. Clan robe is a terr– Clan represents lynchings, murder, bloodshed; there’s no way to act like you didn’t understand ..
When Sharpton didn’t feel the Northam had sufficiently plumbed the depths of black dismay at the confluence of KKK and blackface on his page, the Rev — at least to my ear — put considerable emphasis on the concept of terrorism — the KKK as home-grown, native-born, internal, domestic, normal, pretty much, right-wing terrorists.
And they’re still around:
Anyway, I’ll continue dropping visuals in here, and relegate most of my text collections to this and other comments sections.