Books read February 2015
18.15, Friday 27 Feb 2015 Link to this post
By date finished…
- The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester (7th)
- The Sacred Bee in Ancient Times and Folklore, Hilda M. Ransome (14th)
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote (15th)
- Utopia, Thomas More (21st)
Somewhere in Bee (originally published 1937) I finally twigged that, for thousands upon thousands of years in the west, bees were the source of sweetness (no beet or sugar cane in Europe); booze because mead is made from honey and was invented before beer; and, using wax, candles.
Bees: Tasty food, entertainment, artificial light. That’s quite a technology.
In German, animals “devour” (fressen) food, and they “perish” (crepien). Except for humans and bees, who instead eat (essen) and die (sterben).
[the bee] is the only creature that has come to us unchanged from Paradise.