A JOURNAL OF EXTREMITY

William Shakespeare, Macbeth

LADY MACBETH:
The raven himself is hoarse
That crocks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full
Of direst cruelty! make thick my blood;
Stop up the access and passage to remorse,
That no compunctious visitings of nature
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it! Come to my woman’s breasts,
And take my milk for gall, you murd’ring ministers,
Wherever in your sightless substances,
You wait on nature’s mischief! Come, thick night,
And pall thee in the dunnest smoke of hell,
That my keen knife see not the wound it makes,
Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark,
To cry “Hold, hold!”


The painting is Gustave Moreau's Study for Lady Macbeth, 1851.

Andrea Mantegna, “Christ’s Descent into Limbo”

Posters at the Purple Porpoise in Vientiane, Laos

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