[Wow! You really know how to whoop it up there, Cippy!]
I’m totally out of control!
Don’t you just love it though when you stumble upon a book [not literally] and it just takes you in to its world?
This is what is happening with me and this book by Martin Amis, House of Meetings. I started it today, and I can’t put it down.
I have not been so taken up with a book [honestly] since sitting down with Don DeLillo’s Libra, earlier this year.
So again, the [brilliant] author uses a phrase I have seen a million times before, and have been unable to interpret, for now, the million and 1th time.
On page 12 → “deus ex machina”.
So I looked it up.
Turns out that this phrase means literally → "god from the machine." It’s a plot device in which a person or thing appears "out of the blue" to help a character overcome a seemingly insolvable difficulty.
The Latin phrase "deus ex machina" comes to English usage from Horace's Ars Poetica, where he instructs poets that they must never resort to a god from the machine to solve their plots. He is referring to the conventions of Greek tragedy, where a “mechane” (crane) was used to lower actors playing a god or gods onto the stage. The machine referred to in the phrase could be either the crane employed in the task, or a riser that brought a god up from a trap door.
Which begs the question → “What the hell did we do before Wikipedia?”
So there you go, my friends!
Now I know.
And so do you.
Don’t even try and tell me you already knew what deus ex machina meant.
Who do you think you are?
I did know what it meant, but I was an English major! What is more worrisome is that a Starbucks aficionado would take such a tastebud-defiling activity as drinking Old Milwaukee!
By the way, we both just finished (in seriatum) "Jesus, Interrupted" which you had mentioned before. (We posted a joint review on LibraryThing but I'll probably leave it off the blog). It was okay - nothing new. I'm much more looking forward to the new book by Charles Freeman which we have on order.
Thats crazy, I just used that phrase in my blog yesterday. Probably the first time I'd ever used it too...
You cannot be serious. That is way too coincidental.
I'm gonna go look now.....
You read the new Ehrman book?
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