The Summoning God (by Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear) tells a story of the Anasazi of the American southwest. It’s about a religious war—or a war over lagging resources, depending upon how you look at it. The First People are out to kill off the Made People, and they both have their doubts about the zealous Katsina converts. (Yet we may deduce they are all of common lineage.)
Sound familiar? An age-old
war on another side of the globe. One may say, between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Over religions—or resources, depending upon how you look at it. (Yet we may deduce, from the names of prophets and families in their holy books, they are all of common lineage.)
(According to Stephen Mitchell’s translation,) Lao-Tzu’s Tao Te Ching says,
Naming is the origin of all particular things. Go figger.
My goal is to read all the
dead tree books on my bedside shelf, then habituate ebooks at bedtime. After The Summoning God, my next-to-last is Joseph Heller’s Something Happened. Its first sentence:
I get the willies.