Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dario Rivarossa: Satan-s-coffin

Satan-s-coffin
Dario Rivarossa

I believe this is the last of Dario's repostings from his idiosyncratic illustrations of scenes in my story, "The Bottomless Bottle of Beer." This scene 'depicts' Dan Webster defending the Naif by surreptitiously undermining Mr. Em's word(s) and thereby casting doubt upon the contract signed between Mr. Em and the Naif:
" . . . More relevant were the consequences for language following upon that dire revolt. According to one record, Mr. Em, who has gone by various names over his career, taunted the angelic loyalists by 'scoffing in ambiguous words' that misled them to think he intended an offer of peace, thereby gaining a tactical advantage. I do not imply any judgment by this reminder . . . But . . ."

- Horace Jeffery Hodges, "The Bottomless Bottle of Beer," in Emanations: Second Sight, page 154
This is taken from the short story version of my tale, but the somewhat expanded, novella version can be previewed here -- and ordered here, if anyone is interested . . .

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8 Comments:

At 5:19 AM, Blogger dhr said...

Yes, this is the last picture of THIS series, though surely not the last HJH material to be posted on my blog. But your readers already know the story of the Wolves and that of the Little Bad Boy . . .

. . . speaking of which, I expected, here tonight, a post about the NK (f)lea-der's last declarations about war. His words even upset the 100% Italian pizza chef where I have dinner when I work off home. "They're crazy!" he kept on saying while reading the newspapers, and forgetting to come back to the register.

 
At 5:30 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

North Korean leaders talk about war the way most men talk about sex: lots of talk, little action.

Why, they can hardly even get their rockets off!

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:39 AM, Blogger dhr said...

Ok, glad you (singular and plural) are not frightened. That's a good weapon in itself.

Back to more serious issues . . . the maybe most interesting detail in the picture is the chant written in the background :-)

 
At 5:41 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I was wondering about that . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:50 AM, Blogger dhr said...

It ironically twists and readapts the Tibetan Buddhist mantra "Om mani padme hum." Data about it can be easily found in the Net. It 'sounded' like a fitting way to depict the end of the story, not literally but playing on sacred words as the Author did.

 
At 6:05 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Capital "A" in "author"? Did God write the tale?

Jeffery Hodges

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At 2:30 PM, Blogger dhr said...

Be(er) inspired.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

"A" as in "Alcohol" . . .

Jeffery Hodges

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