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"Connoisseurs of artwork, heritage, faith, and literature will enjoy this positive selection of ten tales by means of one in every of America's so much erudite writers. even if the tone is frequently playful, Davenport layers every one tale with quite a few allusions and quite vague meanings that maybe merely the main scholarly readers will absolutely enjoy. a superb instance is "Meleager,'' during which the sexual play of 2 boys is juxtaposed with descriptions of geometry. one other is "And,'' a snippet (nine paragraphs) of a parable during which Jesus scatters seeds on a river. extra gratifying are the longer stories, in particular "O Gadjo Niglo,'' a touching love tale instructed via Eros, and "Gunner and Nikolai,'' with its shock finishing. Male sexuality is the important subject, one the writer provides with mild yet in actual fact severe rationale. The title--a tale in itself--is taken from Falstaff's death imaginative and prescient, encouraged through the twenty third Psalm. It makes a such a lot becoming image for this most original and ingenious assortment. hugely recommended."

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This notion reemerges in the early modern era, as Renaissance scientist William Gilbert asserts that magnets could act as love potions to reunite married couples and bring them to “coition” (Verschuur 21, 24). Benjamin’s discussion of magnetism and love revolves around a pair Electromagnetism, Sexuality, and Modernism ● 37 of statues in ancient Greece, the god of war in iron with the goddess of love in magnetized metal: he observes, “in the love of the magnet and the iron a new metaphor is given to the world which even the greatest of its poets has not disdained to use” (93–94).

In Mottelay 12–13)7 Several historians note the ancient interrelationship between eros, electricity, and the divine. Mottelay relates that the word magnet means “loving toward iron” in Sanskrit, “loving stone” in French and Spanish, and that the ancient Greeks circa 450 AD believed that “the magnet reconciles husbands to their wives” (15, 27). This notion reemerges in the early modern era, as Renaissance scientist William Gilbert asserts that magnets could act as love potions to reunite married couples and bring them to “coition” (Verschuur 21, 24).

Toomer’s childhood reminiscences frequently cite scientific interests; he was, apparently, fairly obsessed with electricity. In one of his many autobiographical texts, “Earth-Being,” he notes his awe at a friend’s father’s workshop in a description that transforms a scientific site into a transcendent and otherworldly space: I always went in with a sense of thrill and wonder. I wanted to see and touch everything: the fascinating materials, the machines and implements. It was a place of magic. The words “science” and “inventor” of course meant nothing to me.

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