story that Aristaeus was scratching on potsherds?"
" Broken pieces want to come together," said the brain,
"they want to contain something. I see Aristaeus with his
broken bits of fired clay, each one only big enough for a word
or two. ORPHEUS, he has written on one piece, THE TORTOISE on
another. As soon as these words are put next to each other there
want to be more words: THE ROAD; THE RIVER; EURYDICE. Or perhaps
EURYDICE is the first word and in the empty space next to it there
appears THE TORTOISE. Or first THE TORTOISE, yes of course. THE
TORTOISE first because it is the centre of the universe, because
it is the world-child; THE TORTOISE first and then EURYDICE who
is again the world-child-tortoise, EURYDICE whose loss is the
judgement, whose loss is the reckoning and the punishment.
From The Medusa
Frequency by Russell Hoban