Views of Hell

I like to listen to audio books. I typically listen to books I’ve read more than a decade ago; the Harry Potter books are the main exception (Jim Dale is a fine reader). I listen to them when I drive, or when I do my exercise walks.

When I set up the order of the books in my playlist, I usually try to vary the mix as best I can: different authors, different time periods, different moods.

What I forgot to consider was whether two adjacent books have similar plot devices. I just finished listening to Inferno by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, which is set in Dante’s description of Hell.  I’ve just started listening to Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein, which has several chapters set in another type of Hell; it’s reserved for those who didn’t follow the Gospel, but it’s a not a place of punishment.

On top of that, I watched Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey a couple of nights ago, with yet another version of Hell: the moron rocker version.

I’ll survive the experience. But right now, I’m a little deluged on moral instruction. I respectfully request that no one lecture me on Right and Wrong for a week or two.

Favorite poem meme

From lovediamond :

When you see this, post your favorite poem in your journal.

Unfortunately, my favorite poem is too long to post here.  Here’s how it begins:

Midway this life we’re bound upon,
I woke to find myself in a dark wood,
Where the right road was wholly lost and gone.

Ay me! How hard to speak of it–that rude
And rough and stubborn forest! the mere breath
Of memory stirs the old fear in the blood;

It is so bitter, it goes nigh to death;
Yet there I gained such good, that, to convey
The tale, I’ll write what else I found therewith.

Just for the heck of it (clue!) I’ll leave it to you to identify the poem. I’ll give you another hint: It may be that the reason why you didn’t recognize it is that I’m using one of many different translations, this one by a noted writer of mysteries.

Memories… like the corners of my mind…

Leave one memory that you and I have had together. It doesn’t matter if you know/knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember! Don’t send a message, leave a comment on here. Next, repost this in your notes and see how many people leave a memory about you. It’s actually pretty cool (and funny) to see the responses. If I neglected to tag you and you see this, PLEASE feel free to chime in.

Except that, as usual, I shall tag no one.

OK, let’s see how hard this is.

It’s harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag 10 people. (As is my wont, I won’t tag anyone else. Deal with it.) Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real … nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can’t use your name for the boy/girl name question.

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