Halrloprillalar (prillalar) wrote,

My beautiful life.

I saw The Village tonight. All I could think was: somehow Lars von Trier is to blame for this.


While looking at my referer logs, I found a page that incorrectly linked to one of my stories. But it took me a minute first to figure out that I had never written Snape/Hermione. And then another minute to wonder why I never had.


A friend suggested there should be a Gilligan's Island movie with Keaneau Reeves as Gilligan. This actually seems like a good idea. Any thoughts about the rest of the casting? Maybe Johnny Depp as the Professor.


I re-read Blood Will Tell (HP, Lucius, Sirius) tonight. I still have the bottle of sandalwood oil on my desk that I used while I was writing. I almost can't believe now that I wrote it -- it's like a real, actual story. Hopefully I still have some credit built up from that to off-set the fluffy stuff I churn out.

I was most surprised that I still like it so much. Usually when I'm a year removed from a story, I'll find something to cringe over, but not here. I mean, the torture in the story ought to make you cringe, but not the writing. I remember all the research I did. I read this really cool book -- more like a long essay -- called Torture and Truth by Paige Dubois. This was her thesis:

That truth is unitary, that truth may finally be extracted by torture, is part of our legacy from the Greeks and, therefore, part of our idea of 'truth'.

And some notes I made:

The Greek word for torture is basanos. Its original (and literal) meaning, which I don't think was ever lost, is "touchstone" -- a stone that you can rub metal onto to see if it's gold or not. Later on, it accrued the metaphorical meaning of a test or trial to see if something is genuine. And then, it gained a third meaning, literal again, of inquiry by physical torture or the torture itself.

In classical Athens, basanos was part of the legal system. Citizens and free Athenians could give evidence in court. Evidence from slaves (and foreigners) was only admissable if extracted under torture. (This was not done in the court, of course. It was external evidence obtained elsewhere and then presented in court.) The basic idea is that a slave will lie unless compelled to the truth under torture.

The evidence from slaves by basanos was actually weighted *higher* than the testimony of citizens or free men. The thought is that the free man can use reason -- logos -- and therefore can prevaricate. The slave cannot use logos and the truth, which is essentially located *inside his/her body*, must be extracted through duress.

The Greek word for truth is aletheia. It's an alpha-privative, derived from lethe -- forgetting. Truth is that which is "unforgotten", "discovered". Of course it doesn't always have that connotation, but the etymology is significant. The opposite of truth is not deception, but forgetting. Truth is something that must be uncovered, discovered, found.

I used that to build a philosophy of truth and physical torture for Lucius Malfoy, which I thought would be interesting. And it was. But, my god, was writing that damn story a lot of work. Fluff is a lot easier. *g*


Tomorrow is Friday and that means stout and pizza and peach pie and Farscape Season 1, to see if I can be made into a fan of it. Wish me luck!
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