was it Mephistopheles said? "Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it."
The totems are falling all around us as we sit here. One by one,
Rosenbaum; one by one.'"
-James Blish, "A Dusk of Idols" IN Blish, Anywhen (New York, 1970) , pp. 105-135 AT p. 135.
of self, ideas of world and family and nation, articles of scientific
or religious faith, your creeds and currencies: one by one, the beloved
-Alan Moore, "Clouds Unfold" IN Moore, Jerusalem (London, 2016), pp. 757-775 AT p. 775.
ends a short story by telling us that our totems are falling. Moore
ends a chapter by telling us what those totems are: ideas, faiths,
creeds and currencies. Moore also provides sound effects.
An uncanny textual parallelism.