The book Leviathan, set on the brink of WWI, contains an “allegorical map” displaying the political climate in Europe at the time. (click for bigger)
“Germany is a massive military machine with weapons aimed outwards to all surrounding countries. It points threateningly at Britain, not so much as a sign of direct aggression, but more as an indicator that it was now Germany’s turn to start a grand global Empire to challenge the world’s current one.
Britain is an militaristic lion beast with a Roman Imperial italic-type helmet. It sits upon a mound of riches gathered from its Empire. France’s elephant beast is influenced by the Elephantine Collossus built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris. It represents France’s huge significance in WWI, which is something that tends to get a little glossed over. Russia is a huge imperialist bear, rotting from the inside, a prelude to its collapse during the war. It faces Germany, ready to defend itself.
Austria/Hungary is an aggressive armoured giant, teetering on shoddy foundations. It is also the primary aggressor in a land grab against Serbia, with two bayonets piercing the border. The Ottoman Empire is a teetering automaton, collapsing under the weight of a paranoid and ungainly spying network that gazes at Europe through many lenses and spy glasses. The Swiss watch ticks away the time, comfortable to wait it all out.
Serbia’s imagery is an indicator of the huge amounts of civilian deaths and suffering they find themselves subjected to. Norway and Sweden are both Scandinavian trolls in the style of John Bauer, watching events unfold. Portugal is a parrot for the Entente trying to goad a slumbering Spain into the war. Ireland looks askance to Britain and brandishes a shillelagh. An indicator of their very rough relationship at the time, and of their upcoming involvement with the Central powers. Italy is a clutch of snakes with intents on the Central powers despite existing agreements.”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon | November 7th, 2012
Nadav Kander - Bodies (2006)
Stitched poetry using Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf.
Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.
“I have been criticized a lot for not looking perfect in every photograph. I get some serious shit about it. I’m not embarrassed about it. I’m proud of it. If I took perfect pictures all the time, the people standing in the room with me, or on the carpet, would think, ‘What an actress! What a faker!’ That thought embarrasses me so much that I look like shit in half my photos, and I don’t give a fuck. What matters to me is that the people in the room leave and say, ‘She was cool. She had a good time. She was honest.’ I don’t care about the voracious, starving shit eaters who want to turn truth into shit.”
#i wish i could copy this and then paste it onto my finger
just how smart are you?