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Zachary Mason

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Im currently the Shade Professor at Magdalen College, Oxford. I have ceased to sound very American, and I certainly don't sound English - it seems that I am now from nowhere in particular. Luckily, I live half the year on a small island in the Greek archipelago, where no one speaks English well enough to detect my phonetic anomaly.

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February 2010, Zachary Mason
"I like to think that Odysseus found only a few of the monsters and witches haunting the islands, that there were innumerable other dangers he missed by a hairsbreadth. It would be an archipelago of terror and beauty." ...More

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“As their song crescendoed I had the sudden conviction that the world, which I had considered the province of meaningless chances, a mad dance of atoms, was as orderly as the hexagons in the honeycombs I had just crushed into wax and that behind everything, from Helen's weaving to Circe's mountain to Scylla's death, was a subtle pattern, an order of the most compelling lucidity, but hidden from me, a code I could never crack.”
Zachary Mason, The Lost Books of The Odyssey

“A long time from now someone unknown to me will stand on the white plain where I now stand. He will speak a different language and the mountains in the distance may have been ground down but there are certain constants that will reliably inform his life -- kings like great trees whose roots are watered in ignorance, men who come to war reluctantly only to discover they have the souls of jackals, and fortresses like mountains, as immovable and inevitable. I anticipate that a flash of intuition will make him look at the tumulus or crater or clamorous sprawling city where Troy once stood and intuit how many men once bent their minds toward its destruction.”
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“It seemed odd no one had thought of it before but in general there is no accounting for the bovine stupidity of mankind.”
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