Flipped through the book Molly wants me to return. Ruby: the Pride of the Ring. Illustration promising cruelty enough. The caption: “the monster Maffei desisted and flung his victim from him with an oath” but Molly was disappointed. Nothing smutty in it. Wants me to get one by Paul de Kock next, likes his name.
Yes this is a blog. Omphaloskeptics unite; we are a society of navel gazers. You read these words and trust my voice to speak the truth, from a first person. Read on pastfacingwise and you skip. You’re scanning. And you trust me maybe. So I speak what has been written for me to think according to the will of the creator, that writer of the great book into which we are all recorded. Or at least into which I am recorded and a few others. I don’t know what you believe. I don’t believe it in the slightest but I am telling you that I do. Some believe, like Phillip Gosse whose book Omphalos (written last thursday) that all the world was created with past intact and fossils of dinosaurs were created to be found, but the dinosaurs themselves never were: effect without cause. Sometime after last thursday Borges wondered if he had ever heard an ancient (that is to say, written around last thursday) sentence quoted by Rafael Cansinos Assens’ Talmudic anthology: “It was only the first night, but a number of centuries had already preceded it.”