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What the Farmer Told the Bard

What the Farmer Told the Bard

by Paul V Cornell du Houx


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What's It About?

"Plot is hardly the concern of this rich, dense, playful novel of philosophical, historical, and metaphysical inquiry. In Paul Cornell du Houx's book, scientists, lovers, actors, and Pagan gods face the consequences of a new invention that reveals the polarity of sex uniting all the universe's particles and upends all post-Pagan theology. The material is fascinating, but the novel offers a series of erotic setpieces, extended monologues, comic colloquies, and even extended comic erotic colloquies, all set in existence itself's jumbled slipstream of connections, rather than conventional narrative.

"The novel's chief attraction is Cornell du Houx's witty, daring, allusive prose. The accounts of action, chiefly sex, are lyric and inventive . . . The dialogue scenes can take chapters to unfold, as characters explain the Slipstream or the metaphysics of sexual connection, or discuss the figure of 'the Running Christ.' Imaginative vigor pulses through descriptive scenes in which characters encounter gods and Shakespeare's fairies . . .

"There are few philosophical erotic novels about reborn Christs, Shakespearean fairies, crop circles, Sir Lancelot, and the history of religious sacrifice-this book certainly brings fresh and unique material to the table . . . daring ideas and memorable prose." -The BookLife Prize

(Includes 25 illustrations of Shakespeare monument runes.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781882190836
Publisher: Polar Bear & Company
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Born in Los Angeles, the author grew up mainly in Switzerland, the UK, and Southern Ireland. He is a graduate Amherst College, with a degree in economics and French. Cornell du Houx developed a math that identifies democracy as a force of nature, described with illustrative stories in: "Unicycle, the Book of Fictitious Symmetry and Non-Random Truth (Nature's Democratic Pi)" and further developed step by step in 369 sutras in "Yoganomics."

Table of Contents


Illustrations, vii

Prologue, 1

1. The Love Triangle, 3

2. The Pebble, 11

3. Screen Watchers, 20

4. The DOG, 24

5. The Cybertype, 31

6. Sun and Moon, 37

7. Temple Dancin’, 48

8. The Hall of Symmetries, 66

9. Indian Summer, 83

10. Down Home, 91

11. Culture Shock, 99

12. Love’s Logic, 118

13. Backstage, 131

14. Tales of The Running Christ, 147

15. Indecision, 162

16. Hurricane, 168

Epilogue, 187

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