Tuesday, March 16, 2021


image for Spellbound (1945) painted by Salvador Dali

What if all the horrors that’ve occurred in the past year were just happening to you? In an alternate universe Trump was bad, but not a murderer who was responsible for the insurgency at the capital where people were screaming for the blood of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, where Mitt Romney barely missed being set upon by a rabid mob and Mike Pence came near to being lynched. John Carpenter couldn’t have dreamt up this scenario. What if  these ghastly and once improbable events are solipsism, mere projections of horror by your lone mind. When you add a plague that starts to mutate you begin to wonder if you can escape the hellish chink in time into which you’ve fallen. You’ve seen those science fiction thrillers where the body suddenly disappears from the gallows just as the execution is about to occur. Hopefully, you’ll be spared before it's too late to escape a purge where it's no longer The Apprentice, but The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a paranormal series in which spoons bend and heads literally fly. If you remember Dali did the dream sequences for Hitchcock’s Spellbound. One of Jeff Koons’s gold rabbits might be the perfect mascot for your private nightmare.

Read "Why Big German Words Like Vergangenbangenheit Carry Weight" by Francis Levy, Huff Post

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