Friday, 30 December 2016

A Painter, A Prostitute And A Published Poet

Alan Moore, Jerusalem (London, 2016).

In "Work in Progress," we meet Alma Warren, a painter.

In "ASBOs of Desire," we meet Marla, a prostitute, and Marla meets a self-proclaimed published poet.

In "Atlantis," we meet Benedict Perrit, a published poet.

Thus, when Benedict sallies forth into the city center, we expect him to meet Marla and he might still do so but first he meets Alma. Thus, having seen Alma from her viewpoint and that of her brother, Mick, we now see her from the pov of old school friend, Benedict. The fictional characters seem real and behind them are real Northamptonites. Thus, we experience:

fiction reflecting reality;
realistic fiction -

- or, to combine the three, realistic fiction reflecting reality. What prehistoric genius invented fiction, which is neither truth nor lie? Fiction is implicit in language because any proposition entails negations, e.g., "The sky is blue" entails "The sky is not red, green, yellow etc," which immediately inspires the thought, "But what if it were?" Who wrote a story about the sky possibly being a different color? When Alan Moore's Miracleman had changed the world, his daughter, returning from space, noticed that he had been redecorating and remarked that he had decided to leave the sky that color...

In Alan Moore's first novel, a prehistoric moron does not understand that statements can be untrue. He is "'...not glean that one may say of thing while thing is not.'" (Voice Of The Fire, London, 1996, p. 28)

He was on the site of Northampton but in 4000 BC so is Jerusalem a sequel?

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