“I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains… glimpses of final victory”
“The most obvious appeal is also of the book is perhaps also its deepest: ‘there was sorrow then too, and gathering dark, but great valour, and great deeds not wholly vain.'”
Just as a player might have to master a new skill in a Souls game to progress through a level, readers must learn a new set of skills to progress through the “Round the Bend” chapter of Moore’s Jerusalem.
“Rejoice! This is the promised time, Of earth’s ascent to realms sublime. Imagination’s endless dance, Is mankind’s jeweled inheritance.”
“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” The words jumped out at me as I meandered through the bookstore. It is a phrase every self-respecting gamer who had grown up with the video games medium from its nascent Golden Age on through the present day knows by heart. It is arguably among the most famous…