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Lucinda Stroud

Etymologically speaking (one of my favorite ways of speaking), the word monster comes from 'monstrum' - which among its several translations includes 'omen, portent, sign'. It's easy to guess how this came about - the birth of a deformed animal being seen as a signifier of shitty times ahead - but I've always been interested in it semantically. A monster, as a sign, must point *to* something. Whether that something is the cause of the monstrosity or something completely different, perhaps unimaginable by either art or science, probably depends on the monster. Maybe it's the fact that monsters point to something unrecognizable - or something that we don't want to recognize - that makes them monsters.

Omar Willey

I stopped at number 7, which seems pretty much to include everything.

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