Game Players in the Cosmic Night

by Ezra Buckley on November 1, 2017

Mark Fisher in one of his essays Eerie Thanatos on the work of Nigel Kneale and Alan Garner implies that long ago humanity was abducted out of historical time into a timeless mythic traumatized time-world as game players in a deadly game of chance and necessity; and, yet, forgetful of our roles we’ve become utterly oblivious of the patterns that move us through the dynamic and repetitive motions of endless traumatic time-loops. Like comic and tragic jesters we unconsciously align ourselves to the eternal return of mythic forms shifting red or blue among the time-worlds, playing out ancient and catastrophic dramas for the pleasure of malevolent forces in the endless darkness of the cosmic night:

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