A few summers ago, I wrote about the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games. In case you haven’t noticed, despite the best efforts of good people everywhere, they’re happening again. Rest assured, though, that things are different this time around, just as they are every time a new marketing campaign launches. If you doubt the differences between the two, consider these three things: That was August, 2016, and this is February, 2018.
The last few years have been a good time for makers of shows and films about religious cults. Recently, Netflix released a 1994 documentary called Children of God, about an Australian New Age cult called The Family, a group that became famous in the 1990s due to revelations of child abuse, illegal drug therapy, and fraud. The past few years have seen at least two movies and a television series
But if one sat down among the rushes and watched the pool—pools have some curious fascination, one knows not what—the red and black letters and the white paper seemed to lie very thinly on the surface, while beneath went on some profound under-water life like the brooding, the ruminating of a mind. Many, many people must have come there alone, from time to time, from age to age, dropping their