Re: Fractal stories (was: Re: the hazards of essentialist glossolalia)

From: scerir (
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 00:52:56 MST

From: "Amara Graps"

> I'm wondering if you know about Julio Cortazar. He's another South
> American writer. I find his short stories very spooky, and very
> unforgettable.
> One of Cortazar's stories remind me of the 'carpet description' you
> gave, it's like a 'fractal story', just like this is like a 'fractal
> carpet':

And now the greatest (perhaps) of all.

<Meanwhile Iris went to Helen in the form of her sister-in-law,
wife of the son of Antenor, for Helicaon, son of Antenor, had
married Laodice, the fairest of Priam's daughters. She found her in
her own room, working at a great web of purple linen, on which she was
embroidering the battles between Trojans and Achaeans, that Mars had
made them fight for her sake. Iris then came close up to her and said,
"Come hither, child, and see the strange doings of the Trojans and
Achaeans till now they have been warring upon the plain, mad with lust
of battle, but now they have left off fighting, and are leaning upon
their shields, sitting still with their spears planted beside them.
Alexandrus and Menelaus are going to fight about yourself, and you are
to be the wife of him who is the victor.">

-Homer, Iliad, I (sometimes III).

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