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I believe that the base of the heavenly ladder, upon which we seek to ascend into higher regions, has to be fastened to our life, so that everyone may be able to follow. If then, climbing steadily higher and higher, we find ourselves in a fantastic, magical world, then we will recognize that this realm also belongs in our life; that it indeed may be the most wonderful, the most magnificent part.
–E.T.A. Hoffmann , Die Serapions-Brüder (1819) in: Gesammelte Werke vol. 1, p. 599 (Winkler ed. 1963)(S.H. transl.)
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Acres of mirrors in Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City:
Rhesus macaques, who normally are not self-aware, will, following brain surgery, examine their genitals in a mirror. Similar evidence of self-awareness was previously limited to higher primates, dolphins, magpies, and an elephant named Happy.
In New Hampshire, Huckleberry Finn was arrested for sexual assault.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”