By John Barth
In Chimera John Barth injects his signature wit into the stories of Scheherezade of the Thousand and One Nights, Perseus, the slayer of Medusa, and Bellerophon, who tamed the winged horse Pegasus. In a ebook that the Washington publish known as “stylishly maned, tragically songful, and serpentinely elegant,” Barth retells those stories from various views, interpreting the myths’ dating to fact and their resonance with the modern global. A winner of the nationwide ebook Award, this feisty, witty, occasionally bawdy e-book provoked Playboy to remark, “There’s each likelihood on the earth that John Barth is a genius.”
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Furthermore, his taxonomy focused on decontextualized signs, not on whole objects. As is typical of many Mesoamerican iconographers, he tended to consider motifs only if they could be easily reduced to a two-dimensional format, and to ignore the significance of the threedimensional forms on which they appeared. 26 Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture Although Joralemon, following Covarrubias and Coe, initially accepted the centrality of the jaguar to Olmec art, several scholars noted the lack of resemblance of the “were-jaguar” to a real jaguar and proposed alternative possibilities from the animal world as its source.
Yet, the idea of duality was enhanced by still another concept, no less pervasive, that of equilibrium and balance. Rather than the static repose of two equal weights or masses, it can be conceived as a force that constantly modiﬁes the relation between dual and/or polar pairs. . . determined and modiﬁed the concept of duality. Besides, it was the condition for the preservation of the cosmos. . 10 Detail from the Codex Borbonicus of the creator couple. Drawing by author. 11 La Venta ﬁgurine of pregnant woman.
Such corruption may generate life or may 14 Reconsidering Olmec Visual Culture will pull out all the timbers and reinsert them [another sexual metaphor] starting the ﬁre again. In this case, however, they will also add bone to the logs. . and thus it is as if the men have reinitiated the production process by reﬁlling the oven/womb with bone/ semen. This interpretation is supported by the Mixtecs’ own explanation for this practice; they say that the bone gives yii “heat” or “force” to the ﬁre.