we hold these truths to be self evident

April 23, 2007 at 1:26 pm 2 comments

While this is a modest deviation from posts about naturalism, 9 out of 10 naturalists agree the advice is sound. If one were to neglect one’s posterior then, at least in the naturalist novel, leprosy or the nearest degenerative disease would surely follow. Things would fall off, making courtship a horror.

Here’s a bit from Jack London’s “Koulau the Leper”:

They were creatures who once had been men and women. But they were men and women no longer. They were monsters—in face and form grotesque caricatures of everything human. They were hideously maimed and distorted, and had the seeming of creatures that had been racked in milleniums of hell. Their hands, when they possessed them, were like harpy-claws. Their faces were the misfits and slips, crushed and bruised by some mad god at play in the machinery of life. Here and there were features which the mad god had smeared half away, and one woman wept scalding tears from twin pits of horror, where her eyes once had been. Some were in pain and groaned from their chests. Others coughed, making sounds like the tearing of tissue. Two were idiots, more like huge apes marred in the making, until even an ape were an angel. They mowed and gibbered in the moonlight, under crowns of drooping, golden blossoms. One, whose bloated ear-lobe flapped like a fan upon his shoulder, caught up a gorgeous flower of orange and scarlet and with it decorated the monstrous ear that flip-flapped with his every movement (884).

The bottom line is that to avoid a life of limitless naturalism you’ve got to wash your ass.
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Entry filed under: Jack London, Koulau the Leper, music, punk, Uncategorized.

Well-wishes ya tvoy rabotnik

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anaj  |  April 23, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Ha! I’m gonna to that right away…

  • 2. skunkcabbage  |  April 24, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Ha! 🙂


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