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#151 Alfred Jarry

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 10:23 AM

Yup.  The main character in question was Kira Yoshinaka, a corrupt official that Asano Naganori attempted to kill, leading Asano to have to commit seppuku.  The Borges' story can be read in his Collected Ficciones.  Pretty sure the book's available online in pdf form, too.  :shifty: 


"Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so solvent and corrosive that out of all substances, it has been chosen for washing and scourings, and a drop of water, added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddies it."

 

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Posted 22 December 2015 - 01:56 PM

Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily. Every day when one’s body and mind are at peace, one should meditate upon being ripped apart by arrows, rifles, spears and swords, being carried away by surging waves, being thrown into the midst of a great fire, being struck by lightning, being shaken to death by a great earthquake, falling from thousand-foot cliffs, dying of disease or committing seppuku at the death of one’s master. And every day without fail one should consider himself as dead.

 

The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reaching one's aim is to die a dog's death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one's aim.

 

 If by setting one's heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he pains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.

 

 The person without previous resolution to inevitable death makes certain that his death will be in bad form. But if one is resolved to death beforehand, in what way can he be despicable? One should be especially diligent in this concern.

 

 Thus, the Way of the Samurai is, morning after morning, the practice of death, considering whether it will be here or be there, imagining the most sightly way of dying, and putting one's mind firmly in death. Although this may be a most difficult thing, if one will do it, it can be done. There is nothing that one should suppose cannot be done.

 

 It is said that becoming as a dead man in one's daily living is the following of the path of sincerity.

 

 If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever.

 

  • Yamamoto Tsunetomo, from Hagakure “The Book of the Samurai”

 

 

 

Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.

 

  • Miyamoto Musashi, from Gorin No Sho "Book of Five Rings”

 

 

 

One who is a samurai must before all things keep in mind, by day, and by night, the fact that he has to die. That is his chief business.

 

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"Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so solvent and corrosive that out of all substances, it has been chosen for washing and scourings, and a drop of water, added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddies it."

 

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#153 Alfred Jarry

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 04:14 PM

The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano. :heart:


"Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so solvent and corrosive that out of all substances, it has been chosen for washing and scourings, and a drop of water, added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddies it."

 

14 Surreal Absurdities I Four Different Faces I Three Poems I Seeds of Snow I Careless Clouds



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