Nice little video.
If you take a flat map
And move wooden blocks upon it strategically,
The thing looks well, the blocks behave as they should.
The science of war is moving live men like blocks.
And getting the blocks into place at a fixed moment.
But it takes time to mold your men into blocks
And flat maps turn into country where creeks and gullies
Hamper your wooden squares. They stick in the brush,
They are tired and rest, they straggle after ripe blackberries,
And you cannot lift them up in your hand and move them.
–A string of blocks curling smoothly around the left
Of another string of blocks and crunching it up–
It is all so clear in the maps, so clear in the mind,
But the orders are slow, the men in the blocks are slow
To move, when they start they take too long on the way–
The General loses his stars and the block-men die
In unstrategic defiance of martial law
Because still used to just being men, not block-parts.
–Stephen Vincent Benet, John Brown’s Body
(I have a 2nd edition.)
He had me at “throne of books.”
Eh, some of these are nice.
Words. Beautiful words. The most powerful drug known to humankind.
Butterfly in the sky…
Truly though, my favorite line in literature? I can’t tell you, but I know this line that I grew up with.
Know, O prince,
That between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis
and the gleaming cities,
and rise of the Sons of Aryas,
there was an Age undreamed of…
Howard wrote some stunning prose. “Tower of the Elephant,” anyone?
Agreed. For me, life changing.
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