mánudagur, október 31, 2005

minding your peas

An unexpected pedagogic moment arises over dinner, and I find myself called upon to explain the origins of Halloween to a nine-year-old. I say something fairly accessible about intercalation and time-reckoning but struggle a little with expressing the notion of liminal anxiety and how it might attach to a period that was neither summer nor winter. The mixing of categories might be disturbing, but how to explain that? Then it comes to me, the perfect example: it's like how on your dinner plate the peas and carrots must not be allowed to intermingle.

Ah, no, of course not, of course not! That would be terrible.

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Simon sagði...

It would scare some trick-or-treaters to death, I have no doubt.

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