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  • Philowixian -
    mind I used to be proud Of the webs I did mangle Now in my mind I suppress the urge to use the word tangle And the visions I created And the beat underneath Like a symphony of sheets No no and no I can t even do this Because it s true this Urge to write in my own way I can t write like you In this poem

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  • Philowixian - this is cheating a little
    it s stuck with me since There s someone I know Whom I simply can t stand I wish he would bury His head in the sand Or move to the moon Or deep outer space Whenever I see him I make a weird face Then one day during recess Outside in the yard He suddenly gave me A Valentine s card I wish that he hadn t It made

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  • Philowixian - fragments of poetry cited in a facebook wall war
    dark a girl whose hair is yellower than torchlight should wear no headdress but fresh flowers sappho The hero there diverting his gaze from mine in shame and awe his eyes cast down Tell me how does he strike you richard wagner tristan isolde If anyone wonders how Jesus raised the dead don t try to explain the miracle Kiss me on the lips Like this Like this When someone asks what it means to die for love point here more rumi I have torn speech like a tattered robe and let words go you who are still dressed in your clothes sleep on even more rumi If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in And watch the white eyes writhing in his face His hanging face like a devil s sick of sin If you could hear at every jolt the blood Come gargling from the froth corrupted lungs Obscene as cancer bitter as the cud Of vile incurable sores on innocent tongues My friend you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory The old Lie Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori

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  • Philowixian - Geezer Geyser, Part 2
    from Englishmen one an American What do these disparate episodes in the chronicles of literature have in common They all refer to the first twenty percent of Milton s supposedly indispensable literary cornerstone Some books are meant to be read others are meant to be cited in some convoluted process of literary belt notching Samuel Johnson who wrote the first English dictionary so we know he could read relentlessly dull tracts of data for long periods of time famously said Paradise Lost is too long What chance do the rest of us have Art for art s sake is a wonderful concept It yielded us Kafka s Metamorphosis it yielded us Picasso s cubist period or maybe that was unrelated a simpler explanation is that his demanding social life led him naturally to see women with their legs above their heads Art for art s sake has brought us wonders but it can get you killed Ulysses by the inimitable James Joyce incidentally how many Irish can win the Nobel Prize really It s a tiny island More Irish have won than exist is considered the greatest novel of the 20th century How do we know that The only two people who ve read it are Joseph Campbell and Vladimir Nabokov both capricious assholes who shouldn t be trusted Joyce s own wife Nora didn t read either of his two enormous novels I m surprised even the Nobel committee managed to do so unless they didn t award him the Nobel prize but surrendered it to him while they were still on page 350 The only tract I ve ever read making reference to sections of Paradise Lost past book 3 was by David Scott Kastan who edited the edition of which I read the first three books I

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  • Philowixian - Items for Sale in Skymall
    for themselves The Best Electronic Pants Presser The Marshmallow Shooter Jumpin Jammerz Until now Footed Pajamas have been almost impossible to find in adult sizes Well your search is over The Classic Ball Shooting Burp Gun The Remote Controlled Beverage Buggy Solar Powered Mole Repeller drives em out with safe effective annoying vibrations Floatin Bumper Boats Personalized Branding Iron for your barbeque Solar Powered Personalized Talking Bible Want to find

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  • Philowixian - i've missed you ::weeps silently in corner::
    s engineering Robert A Heinlein Some call it magic And I don t know how But I know that I have it And it all works out Iris Park If there is any topic of scholarly inquiry that ignites the imaginations of both academics and the general populace it is the inquiry into the nature of magic A glut of articles monographs and book length studies available to the interested student as well as the prominence of a certain boy wizard give credence to this fact When presented in popular culture magic typically takes on an immediately recognizable form The practitioner wears a long robe he brandishes a wand or staff and he completes his ensemble with an impressive white beard His demeanor is similar to the absent minded professor though there is an ineffable wisdom secreted behind his half moon spectacles The portrait of magic in our minds today is clear indeed However the state of magic in the realm of scholarly research shares none of that enviable simple lucidity There has perhaps never really been among scholars a consensus on a theory of magic It s arguable whether any academic or expert has ever truly produced a real coherent theory at all on the topic It has become apparent to the past generation of critical studies that this confusion is has its roots in the field of inquiry itself and its relation to the study of religion Scholars have been caught on both sides of this controversial and very difficult issue with some arguing for its irrelevance in today s scholarship while others have presented it as being in direct and irreconcilable opposition to proper religion The entire project of comparison is fraught with danger as J Z Smith warns us Comparison provides the means by which we

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  • Philowixian - Something that makes me happy
    of girls come in ostensibly anticipating the arrival of some friends They sit down tiredly in the lobby and wait About a half hour later the friends finally arrive I do not hear what the friend has asked All I hear is the response from one of the seated girls Oh only a couple of minutes Want to find out more about the Philolexian Society Join our whip list This

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  • Philowixian - a conclusion to my thesis probably too poetry-like for a real academic paper
    religion of the First Commonwealth devolve and degenerate into the baroque ritualism of the priests On one hand many scholars have sought to characterize the religion of the priests as quasi magical given its emphasis on sometimes bizarre ritual actions Others often religious thinkers as well as scholars such as Yehezkel Kaufman have sought to completely dissociate the Bible from magic focusing on its polemical passages that condemn magical practice I differ In granting some credence to the view depicted above I saw the rituals of the priests as containing a distinct magical element However running counter to their discrimination in favor of prophets I saw prophetic symbolic actions as another outstanding locus of Biblical magic However even this approach granted succor and support to the entrenched biases described above Still the critical focus the eye that seeks out the magic remains trained on Biblical ritual seeing it as aberrant and not properly spiritual The binary opposition between magic and religion still remains in strength and focusing on the behavioral elements of the Bible alone reinforces its ingrained logocentrism That is to say central to the binary coding noted above is the notion that reason as embodied in language which has its home in the mind has a distinct and privileged position over and against emotion and action both situated in and on the body Language which is seen as the purest vehicle for rational thought must be understood as absolutely different than the event This notion is immediately and irrevocably problematized when one recognizes that speech and writing is an embodied act One speaks with one s throat tongue teeth as well as one s hands and body language Austinian speech act theory bears this fact out when he asserts that there are some types of speech whose truth is not judged by their factual or descriptive accuracy Rather their value is based on their effectiveness In fact all speech is an act for all speakers engage in the act of speaking or yelling or condemning or exulting or complimenting Thus to establish an inviolable distinction between speech and act is incorrect and misleading Thus to peer only into the ritual elements of the Bible reproduces this distorted view of human experience The Bible along with the Ancient Near East in general did not themselves see a substantive difference between a word and the thing to which it referred Thus in the Bible we are given an account of cosmogony in which the Divine speaks the world into being God does not describe a previously existent universe through the utilization of language God constitutes reality as we have it Speech here is an irruption into the status quo changing events irrevocably Humanity is created in the image of God that is to say with God s nature Humans are unique amongst all creatures because of their ability to use language and thus partake in the divine creative power one that can affect the world around them This belief is

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