(urth) Borrowed Man writeup
marcaramini at gmail.com
Mon Oct 1 16:19:47 PDT 2018
The problem of course is that much like “violet” eyes being a mix or blue
and red I think spring is a mix of hot and cold (?). If she were named
winter it would be clear. She’s a teacher in new money. Colette is a
teacher with money living in Taos Towers- also vaguely Spanish sounding in
its implications. But there’s no reason not to believe that Mrs Peters has
two children - and I don’t think a surgeon would try to take the identity
of a school teacher unless the pay off were huge.
On Monday, October 1, 2018, Marc Aramini <marcaramini at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
>> 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 ...
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