carnival in luzern

Behind the Mask: Carnival in Luzern

“It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.”  — John Updike Everyone has heard of Carnival, but unless you’ve experienced it in Switzerland, you ain’t seen nothing! Carnival (or Fasnacht) is a wild celebration here, and a quintessential encounter with liminality. Social theorists describe liminality as a transitory phase between the past…Read More

power of symbols

World-building: The Power of Symbols in Fiction

“[The universe] cannot be understood until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures.” – Galileio Galilei (1564 – 1642) Symbols are all around us. From the commercial and political to…Read More

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