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of monsters and heads

there are 5 heads in this image

“A mystery: it’s as if everything came together by some felicitous chance, then fell apart into normal negative entropy. I’m as mystified as ever” was apparently Walker Percy’s take on A Canticle for Leibowitz.

Having finished it on the same weekend I listened to a lecture on Christendom’s relation with monsters, I wanted to scribble some thoughts on the final scene (depicted above). Those thoughts turned into more. The biblical typology is on overdrive. You can read the essay below.

Calvary as Nuclear Apocalypse: A Reading of Heads and Monsters at the End in A Canticle for Leibowitz