In The Kingdom of Television

The gods of the Greeks walked in and out of the lives of ordinary people. The gods would materialize out of thin air. Sometimes they quarreled -- often petty, brainless quarrels -- but the earth shook.

Television now and then manages that sort of effect, metaphysical and banal at the same time. It can make demigods of the weightless, and bring the hallucination of their fighting into the bright box in the corner of the room. / Warriors come luminously out of the night air and perform pageants in the brain.

So there before the mortal audience was the collision of...

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