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November 06, 2008

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I thought this was an interesting post, too. "Banishing to the wilderness" is what huddled, pre-industrial societies do with their Grendels, breathing in relief while silently realizing that the beast will return by the phases of the moon to ravage an outpost or slaughter a flock of sheep until some timeless hero arises to face it.

But all the current discourse of "monster" means -- like the movie of that title -- something sub- rather than superhuman, whom a disgusted civilization simply intends to corral and euthanize.

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