Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Midnight in Jerusalem

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:00 PM

See Damascus Gate.

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Sunday December 14, 2003

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:01 AM


From Robert Stone's Damascus Gate:

"God… that Great F—ing Thing, the Lord of Sacrifices, the setter of riddles."

(See the Web site "Stone, not Wood.")

Christianity may be a religion of lies, but it sometimes has a certain charm.  If in fact there is a heaven, part of it must strongly resemble Paris in the 1890's, as suggested by the picture below.

From today's New York Times:

"The Very Rev. Sturgis Lee Riddle, dean emeritus of the American Episcopal Cathedral in Paris, died on Tuesday at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He was 94.

His death was reported on the cathedral's Web site."

From the cathedral's Web site,
a Christmas card:

Après l'Office à l'Église de la Sainte-Trinité, Noël 1890
(After the Service at Holy Trinity Church,
Christmas 1890) Jean Béraud

"Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you."
— Ernest Hemingway,
   Death in the Afternoon, Ch. 11

"There is never any ending to Paris…."
— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast


See, too, my Paris-related entry for December 9, the date of Riddle's death, and recall that in Wild Palms, "the much sought-after Go chip [is] the missing link in the Senator's bid to be immortal, 'like Jesus.' "

Scene from Wild Palms


Sunday, June 29, 2003

Sunday June 29, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:22 PM

Every Boy Has a Daddy

Today is the Feast of Saint Peter.

The most timely quote I know of for today’s religious observances is from Oh What a Web They Weave, by F. John Loughnan:

Every boy has a daddy.

This was written as part of an attack on the father of a Latin-Mass Catholic who authored the website Ecclesia Militans, which has the logo

Note the resemblance to the Iron Cross.

Soldier of Fortune magazine, April 2002, contains a brief discussion of the German motto “Gott mit uns” that is relevant to the concept of The Church Militant.

Soldier of Fortune,
April 2002

The actor on the cover, Mel Gibson, also serves to illustrate our meditation for today, “Every boy has a daddy.”  See Christopher Noxon’s article in the New York Times Magazine of March 9, 2003:

Is the Pope Catholic… Enough?

Noxon attacks Gibson’s father Hutton — like his son Mel, a Latin-Mass Catholic, and author of

Is the Pope Catholic?

A related “Every boy has a daddy” attack appears in the June 2003 issue of Playboy magazine.  An entertaining excerpt from this attack on Joseph P. Kennedy, father of JFK, may be found at Orwell Today.  

Finally, let us meditate on the ultimate “Every boy has a daddy” attack — by novelist Robert Stone on the alleged father of Jesus of Nazareth:

Excerpt from
Damascus Gate,
by Robert Stone,
Houghton Mifflin, 1998,
Chapter 40

From the mosques, from the alleys, from the road: “Allahu Akbar!” ….

Then a voice shouted: “Itbah al-Yahud!” …. Kill the Jew! ….

Itbah al-Yahud!” the crowd screamed….

Then Lucas saw the things they had taken up: trowels and mallets and scythes, some dripping blood.  Everyone was screaming, calling on God.  On God, Lucas thought.  He was terrified of falling, of being crushed by the angry swarm that was whirling around him.  He wanted to pray.  “O Lord,” he heard himself say.  The utterance filled him with loathing, that he was calling on God, on that Great Fucking Thing, the Lord of Sacrifices, the setter of riddles.  Out of the eater comes forth meat.  The poser of parables and shibboleths.  The foreskin collector, connoisseur of humiliations, slayer by proxy of his thousands, his tens of thousands.  Not peace but a sword.  The Lunatic Spirit of the Near East, the crucified and crucifier, the enemy of all His own creation.  Their God-Damned God.

The New York Times Magazine article mentioned above was prompted, in part, by Mel Gibson’s current movie production, “The Passion,” about the final 12 hours in the (first, or possibly second) life of Jesus.  If I were producing a Passion play, as Peter I would certainly cast Stone.

See also the 11 PM sequel to the above.

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