Another Post Full of Mixed Metaphors
– the pairing of Aschenbach (Dirk Bogarde from Visconti’s Death in Venice), and Giuliani is common on social media
– Venice and Washington, Gustav and Rudy – their lives leeching down their faces
– it’s cholera and COVID, past and present, Dorian and Faustus, fixation and delusion


– the soothsayer warns Caesar of his untimely death
– the title – Thomas Mann – calls to a conflicted writer, to a dark time
– and the featured image, also from Visconti’s film, is Tadzio in silhouette; he’s standing feet-deep in the river Styx; his hand stretched towards the gates of hell