Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Tom Yest sits through a good lecturing? Archilochus can never at any time be a poet…

In Chapter 1 of Bleu’s The Duchamp Code, Professor X delivers a lecture entitled “Late Zoroastrianism and the Cult of Mithra” at the community college. Tom Yest sits in the front row. Two rows behind him sit Max Block and Sam Heedrin, a youthful and full-of-energy couple who haven’t quite figured out what it means to come out of the closet. They’ve never been happier. Tom raises his hand to ask a question: “So, what you’re saying is that Jesus is nothing more than a warmed-over Mithra?” Sam giggles. “Correct,” answers Professor X, “but it’s very important to realize that Mithra himself is not the original messiah either; no religion springs fully formed from the mind of God. All belief is layer upon layer of prior belief.” Max stares longingly into Sam’s copper eyes. There is an exchange of winks and grins. Professor X continues with the next slide. “This is a diagram of a taurobolium.” Sam whispers to Max, “Sounds hot.” Max giggles. The lecture continues until the sun sets.

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