Wole Soyinka on the Nigerian underwear bomber:
"The Muslim Abdulmutallab believed in his own, alien deity, and yet, another deity - Ogun - protected his fellow travelers. In this case, the indigenous deity that Abdulmutallab carried inside him - Ogun, the god of wayfarers - thwarted his plan. The young man's suppressed deity came out."
Here, he chuckled wisely and added: "It's a poetic conceit, but I love it."
You know you've been cursing the dog a little too freely when you say "idiot of a lummox", and he comes bounding up with his tail wagging hopefully.
It just struck me that the Old Testament is principally an economic document. It's almost entirely about prophets and laws.
...one reads a reference to "Indus valley seals", and thinks "Wow, they travel that far south?"
...a few minutes of beauty
I must say the author's managed to compile an excellent selection, and do a wonderful job of morphing. It's interesting to see how ideas of what features are "beautiful" have changed over the years, and yet how much they've stayed the same. Dare I hope for a brief lecture from Professor Kalogjera...?