On immortality, the call of creation, et al

On immortality, the call of creation, et al

Getting away from Earth was perhaps what the writing obsession was all about, so Emil Cioran decided. The Romanian philosopher denounced systematic thought and abstract speculation in favour of personal reflection and passionate lyricism. To hell with Earth, he said. To you, Cioran, I said.                                                                                       Carravaggio, rest in flight (detail)