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A Biblical Autobiograph
by CPG
(Y5C, 2007-08)


With 2 amazing extras!
A hyperlinked version

And a quiz!

‘Per amica silentiae lunae’
Virgil, The Aeneid

A BLIND ARGENTINIAN LIBRARIAN MISQUOTES VIRGIL AT THE BEGINNING OF A POEM.
BORGES AND I LIKE HOURGLASSES, MAPS, EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY TYPOGRAPHY, THE TASTE OF
COFFEE AND THE PROSE OF STEVENSON. HE DIED IN A FLOURISHED SWISS CITY, A
DECADE BEFORE OR AFTER I SPENT MY FIRST CHILDHOOD THERE. RIMBAUD'S LETTER
E IS WHITE, BUT BLACK IS THE SKIN OF SLAVES CHASED AND RAPED IN AFRICA BY THE
FUTURE HONEST TRADEMAN. HE FORGOT THE TRUE WORSHIP OF THE ANCIENT WHITE
GODDESS HONOURED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA SHORES A LONG TIME AGO, AND RESCUED IN A
HISTORICAL GRAMMAR OF THE LANGUAGE OF POETIC MYTH. SAFO SAID IN LESBOS
ISLAND "THE PLEIADES ARE GONE AND I WAS LYING HERE ALONE'. AN INTERESTING
JOYLESS REMARK THAT I CAN FULLY SHARE. 'I WILL ANSWER' WAS THE MOTTO OF
KAREN BLIXEN, DANISH BARONESS, WELL-KNOWN AS A FARMER. ME TOO, I CAN
LITERALLY SAY. I NEVER DREW A PICTURE OF A BOA CONSTRICTOR DIGESTING AN ELEPHANT --
MY FAVOURITE LEIFMOTIV WERE SWANS, NOT DUCKS. GOODBYE, LUCAS.
NEVERTHELESS, I TRAVELLED WITH THE LITTLE PRINCE, TOOK CARE OF THE PROUD ROSE
OR LOOKED IN A CARDBOX IN WHICH THE MOST
PERFECT LAMB IN THE WORLD WAS SLEEPING.
Q SHOWED ME THE RELIGION WARS OF THE XVITH CENTURY AND "THE NAME OF THE
ROSE" GRIPPED ME IN A MYSTERIOUS CASE OF MURDER, HERESY, REQUEST AND A
SECRET BOOK, GUIDED BY WILLIAM OF BASKERVILLE.
TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, I RODE ON A BYCLICLE THIS SUMMER DURING AN
UNUSUAL EXCURSION IN BELLE-ÎLE-EN-MER IN A SOMETIMES SUNNY DAY.
VIRGIL WAS DANTE'S CICERONE IN THE DIVINE COMEDY AND MINE IN THIS TEXT.
WHEN I WAS YOUNG I DREAMT ABOUT ILIAD HEROES IN A SEVILLIAN COURTYARD.
XYLOPHONE: MY FAVOURITE EUPHONIC INSTRUMENT, BUT I AM NOT VERY MUSICAL.
YOURCENAR SHOWED ME EMPEROR HADRIAN'S MEMORIES AND THE LIFE OF
ZENON IN OPUS NIGRUM. AT THE END, I MUST FINISH WITH MY FINAL WORD, AT LAST.