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2016 06 17 Just browsing around on Catherine Zeta Jones
Nice body sure; but has there ever been a prettier face?
Anyway, I read that Zeta Jones is Welch. Ooo. Immediately I think of Iseult: Tristan and Isolde, Iseult, Queen of Ireland, Iseult of the White Hands …
When I entered grad school I’d been dipped in Richard Wagner for only a couple of years: but I was a veteran at saturating myself in George Bernard Shaw. Shaw talked up Wagner: and Wilhelm Furtwängler conducting Tristan was a main extention of my music collection beyond jazz. I remember fucking to the Liebestot, the climax lasting hours the summer of 1961. And I read something about Isolde that’s a game changer: Tristan meets Isolde escorting her to Cornwall as a bride for King Mark. She’s a princess, in her teens; King Mark is ancient, in his eighties: Tristan is in the midst of his warlike vigor. To top it off they drink a love potion …
Old fart sends stud to fetch his latest teen bride: bride # … I can’t count that high. Stud fucks girl. Of course, you morons.
There’s nature: and on top of that there’s magic, and witchcraft, and doom.
After all that unrelenting Christianity, it’s a refreshing bath: a little simple Paganism.
Celtic note: to glimpse the Celtic universe first forget whatever you know of “Europe” as a map. In the time of Arthur, Tristan, King Mark, there was no “Europe”, no “France”, no “England”. There was a Carnwall, there was an Ireland, and a Wales, but there was no “England”. There was a “Britain”: it was pure Celtic: as were Irish territories, and Scottish territories. The Celtic dominated parts of what we now call “France”; but they didn’tcall it that. Ireland, Wales, Cornwall … Breton, Armorica … It was a country connected by seas. You sailed from Cornwall to Ireland. Tristan wasn’t from either: he was from Armorica: now western France. Think of these Celtic countries as we think of the Hawaiian Islands: one culture: a series of land bases.
While I’m at it: Arthur was from the south of what’s now “England”. Launcelot was from Amorica: not Wales, not “England”; France! Like floating cities on Lake Titicaca.
I’ll check my facts: it’s been a long time since I’ve refreshed this. I just read one account claiming Tristan was Cornish: makes sense, but is it so? Anyway, all of those people sailed and marched back and forth all over the place.
Furthermore, the Tristan and Isolde story seems to be clearly about free will versus destiny, but the Celtic world was druidical, not Christian: Christianity was creeping about, missionaries under foot. So too Saxons and then Danes came to be underfoot. But that world was about as Christian as Japan was in the sixteenth century: a little, but not very.
Anyway, think of Wales: the Saxons are pressing the Celts there. The Celts have Wales at their new center, Ireland a quick sail to the north west, Cornwall a quick sail to the south west … Amorica a less-quick sail to the east. Celts weren’t as numerous as they had been before Caesar stole their livelihood, but there were still Celts all over the place, proud, bellicose, randy.
just starting, a second draft will say what I mean better, I hope.
2013 01 07 Whether a myth is factual — history, not fiction — is trivial compared to whether the myth is true. Sure it matters whether Jesus actually lived or not, sure it’s important whether Jesus was human or magical (or human and magical, etc); but so long as it’s true that centralized kleptocracies murder reformers, non-conformists, opponents … the myth is of first rank importance.
Truth counts more than fact.