(urth) Borrowed Man writeup

Marc Aramini marcaramini at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 15:03:01 PDT 2018

Hi Robert. Yes I noticed the association of Arabella with heat and I had a
note about kokolik I never put in the writeup ... we are going some
interesting places here. While I would love a link to mars, given the
planet choked by a snake (a woman’s a snake and a snare, I hear), let’s
hone in on the nature of the spring wind - early summer (June/Juno)
reference. Spring wind is mars because of the story of Juno impregnated by
a tree in Ovid, the birth of Mars. That may or may not be applicable here.
Summer is a hot month. But she is in a cold place. The man in woman woman
in man Shakespearean stuff ... is spring a warm month? Are summer and
spring the hot to the coldbrook’s cold? There’s a precision here that is
complicated by Arabella and heat ... but she seems to be related to the
machinations of chick/cob if there is any validity to the sandwhich. Is
Colette Colette or is she a “hot” imitation?

On Monday, October 1, 2018, Robert Pirkola <rpirkola at hotmail.com> wrote:

> This hot/cold thing is pretty interesting when you get into it.  I just
> noticed two things that I thought were worth reporting.
> First, Arabella is described as "very, very hot" (pg. 265).  Then you have
> Summer and Spring Peters. Summer lives in Kokolik City (pg. 228).
> Presumably this refers to futuristic city on the Kokolik River in Alaska.
> It is about as far north as land goes on the globe.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokolik_River.  Spring lives "down" in
> "Nuevo Dinero" (pg. 228).  This sounds like Mexico at least but
> might be anywhere in the Spanish speaking parts of North and South
> America.  It is south of New Delphi.  Clearly they are being separated
> into hot and cold camps.  You say that in *Short Sun* Spring Wind is
> associated with Mars.  If so, then Spring here would put Mars in the "hot"
> camp.  Summer would be in the "cold" camp.  (Of course, it occurs to me
> that if there is a thriving city up in the extreme north of Alaska,
> something drastic has changed with Earth's climate, so does this really put
> Summer in the "cold" camp?)  Marc asks this about Summer (a heart surgeon)
> in his write-up: "Would a heart surgeon be privy to undetectable drugs
> which might mimic cardiac arrest or be useful in obtaining them?"  If heat
> is associated with death, then Summer living in Kokolik City would seem to
> answer this question in the negative.  If cold is associated with death,
> then the opposite.  How do you see hot/cold?  Certaintly Ern associates
> heat with his ultimate demise, but at the same time heat is necessarily
> about change and life is nothing if not change.  I generally associate cold
> with lack of change/death.  This is odd for Ern because he associates heat
> with death but maybe it is a necessary heat and death is necessary for
> life.  Earth is blue/cold/death because humanity has retired.  Is this what
> you are going for Marc?  Marc's write-up says: "I think the burning man is
> a metaphor for humanity, complacent in its damnation, rather than a literal
> statement about Ern as an individual."  But if humanity is complacent and
> retired and cold and blue and dead isn't the burning man a metaphor for the
> irrational fear the dead have of life?  Ern isn't scared of being
> incinerated because he is scared of dying, it's because he's scared of
> living.
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokolik_River>
> Kokolik River - Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokolik_River>
> The Kokolik River is a stream, 200 miles (320 km) long, in the western
> North Slope of the U.S. state of Alaska. It rises in the De Long Mountains
> of the western Brooks Range and flows generally north and northwest into
> the Kasegaluk Lagoon. The river mouth is 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Point Lay,
> on the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean.. Its Inuit name, Kokolik, refers to
> the alpine bistort, an ...
> en.wikipedia.org
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