Adventures of a foreigner in the south of Brazil.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tucholsky on satire

[...] Does satire exaggerate? Satire must exaggerate, and at its most profound it is unjust. It inflates truth to better show it, and it cannot but follow the word of the gospel: the just will suffer with the unjust.
Translated from Kurt Tucholsky, Was darf die Satire?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Moses on the mountain. An exegesis.

I have just had occasion to read a few verses of Exodus. It was - interesting. I must admit that I did not remember any details from it. But let me quote:

"And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments."

So, with a critical analysis, what does that tell you? Moses spent at least thirty-nine and a half days procrastinating, or he was the worst legasthenic ever.

A few lines further down the legasthenic theory is effectively destroyed, but an interesting new fact is raised:

" he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God."

Couple that with the carefully described fact that Moses did not drink any water. And ate no bread. Specifically. Now you know where the Jesuits get it from. Now me, I grew up in a wine region. Believe me when I say that I know a few people who had trouble writing fast, and whose face shone, without touching bread or water. Their noses normally glowed, too. But then, that may have been too undignified for Exodus. An aptly named book.

Friday, June 05, 2009

A foggy conspiracy

So here I am, in sunny California. Uhm. Let me be accurate. I am in rainy Yosemite after coming from the foggy, soggy coast. Obviously, the gods of fog and rain are conspiring to make my days off more interesting. (The days I was working were, of course, perfect.) Given the forecast for today all I really need to know now is if bears stay inside in thunderstorms.