if you’ve never read the Illiad. i’m going to give some of it away. there’s a introduction in the Bernard Knox translation of the illiad [oh mah fucking Gawd i’m a Nerd.] he goes into this long buildup of Achilles being godlike. then he says that Achilles was only godlike because he was isolated with his arrogance [Achilles spends most of the Illiad holed up in his camp instead of on the field of troy because he was enraged at Agamemnon, a fellow general.] he was a god of his own personal world. he was salving his wounded pride. he was shining himself to be more deserving than everyone else, but it hurted him. the only thing that worked was going back out into the world. reckoning with the day. and a hero he was. i like the Illiad a lot.
By John Hiatt
Release date: 24 October, 1995