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It was a very popular image at the end of the 19th century. The story Descent into the Maelstrom ( What's his name who did Moby Dick) provided McLuhan with an image of how to survive in the madness of the 20th century - a form of pattern recognition.
P. M.

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>I now this is a but off-line but after reading this of thought of the vortex imagined by Turner in so many of his paintings.
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>On Feb 2, 2013, at 8:38 AM, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>But a very strange way to plow a field.
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>The maelstrom might be a better source for that image.
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>P. M.
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>Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>A variation on this is going round and round in a ring endlessly.
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>"I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring."
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>Associated with hell in Dante.
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>CR
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>From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>; 
>To: <[log in to unmask]>; 
>Subject: OT - boustrophedon 
>Sent: Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:40:23 PM 
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>at Dictionary.com
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>Word of the Day for Saturday, February 2, 2013
>boustrophedon \boo-struh-FEED-n\, noun:
>an ancient method of writing in which the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right.
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>This, they call the boustrophedon form because it mimics the back-and-forth pacing of an ox tied to a tether.
>-- Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby
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>What an image -- the back-and-forth pacing of an ox tied to a tether!
>Endless iteration. Central to Buddhist (also Eliot's) perception of life.
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