Sunday, December 27, 2015

Another Mr. Em?

The Initial Malthusian

I've just finished reading Robert Meadley's short story, "Meeting Dr. Malthusian," which takes up the first 24 pages of Emanations 2 + 2 = 5. I enjoyed the tale, and not only because the devil-figure-and-spirit-guide - Dr. Malthusian himself - signs off on the final line of the final page as his initial, "M." I also found these lines on page 14 eerily appropriate to our times:
In a dismal suburb, we met a man killing prostitutes.
Why are you doing that, I asked in a spirit of scientific enquiry.
Because God told me to, he said.
Truly? Directly? God's rules? "Ich bin so groƟ als Gott, er ist als ich so klein" (I am as Large as God, He is as small as I). The Islamic State, writ small?



At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new volume of Emanations gives evidence that Orwellian dystopia is no longer a phenomenon that is bound exclusively to modernity. Moreover, in the postmodern condition, dystopia has gained not only medieval but even ancient Egyptian and Sumerian characteristics. Can prehistoric levels of misery be far behind?

At 3:19 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Good question. David Mitchell seems headed in that direction - and in several other directions as well, in his stories, I mean.

Jeffery Hodges

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