We once communicated with the grammar of our folklore – the Sword of Damocles, Sisyphus and the Stone, the Procrustean bed, Diogenes’ lamp. We can do this just as easily with any shared repository of artistic metaphors, if they have substance enough. The value of the canon was ensuring that we at least read enough of the same things.

— Asher's Maxim 193

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Asher Black is a former literary and review editor who writes, thinks, reads, listens, and is interested in the interior darkness of the soul.

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