Notes (March #4)

From The Noise of Time: “He did not come at life directly. He had a special rubber stamp made, so that every item in his library was inscribed with the purple words: ‘This book has been stolen from D. B. Shostakovich.’ ”

Blasphemy is still a crime in Massachusetts: “Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.”

Reimagine Terminator Genisys (2015) as the story of a paranoid schizophrenic raised by her abusive father to believe robots from the future have been sent to kill her. Skynet as a unitary consciousness, identifying with its previous incarnations. Skynet as a defective AI system whose premature attack on its creators delays the singularity. Skynet as a purifying flood.

From The Power by Naomi Alderman: “There is a part in each of us which holds fast to the old truth: either you are the hunter or you are the prey. Learn which you are. Act accordingly.”

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