Leaving Ogygia

Bounding the steep acclivities which seethed Upon the deep, some remnants of his raft— Spars and their fastenings—withheld the sea From closing upon the man its watery folds. Beyond the spiring waves, the heavens shook With thunder. A towering wave advanced Over the dreadful aspect of the ocean, Aspiring to conceal the heavens, And toppled upon him, dashing the man From what remained of… Continue reading Leaving Ogygia

Batrachomyomachia (The Battle Of Frogs & Mice) translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White (1914)

The Battle of Frogs and Mice Translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White [1914] (ll. 1-8) Here I begin: and first I pray the choir of the Muses to come down from Helicon into my heart to aid the lay which I have newly written in tablets upon my knee. Fain would I sound in all men's… Continue reading Batrachomyomachia (The Battle Of Frogs & Mice) translated by Hugh G. Evelyn-White (1914)

Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 2

In part 1 of this series we firmly established a useful linguistic categorization which well encapsulates and differentiates porn from erotica. Thus, it is now crucial to examine the ways which both forms of sexual expression are treated in contemporary America. Such a investigation cannot be conducted without first mentioning the landmark court case, Jacobellis… Continue reading Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 2

Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 1

Observe the cover image; is it pornographic or erotic or is there no worthy distinctions to be drawn between such fickle words at all? The argument about how human sexuality should be properly represented in the arts is a extremely old one with three broad factions splitting up the lion share of opinions. Either sexuality… Continue reading Dionysus or Aphrodite? The Porn/Erotica Distinction, Prt. 1