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Lulu and Schopenhauer: A Journey Through the Multiverse of Books

The Imaginary Library


In the dusty shelves of her father’s library, a young girl named Louise Brooks discovers a mysterious book. Inside its pages, she meets a strange and fantastical creature – a goat-like being named Schopenhauer. Together, they embark on a journey through the multiverse of literature, exploring the worlds of The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, The World as Will and Representation, and Alice in Wonderland. But as they delve deeper into the stories, they begin to question the reality of their own existence.


Louise Brooks had always been fascinated by her father’s library. It was a vast, sprawling collection of books that seemed to go on forever. She spent hours wandering its shelves, admiring the leather-bound volumes and the musty smell of old paper. But there was one book in particular that caught her attention – a small, unassuming volume with a plain cover.

She picked it up and opened it to the first page. It was empty. But as she flipped through the pages, strange symbols and images began to appear. She couldn’t understand what they meant, but they seemed to be calling to her. She felt a pull, like a hand guiding her deeper into the book.

Suddenly, she found herself standing in a strange and fantastical landscape. She was surrounded by lush greenery and towering trees. In the distance, she could see a figure approaching – a goat-like creature with a man’s face.

“Welcome, Louise Brooks,” said the creature. “I am Schopenhauer, the manifestation of your collective unconscious.”

Louise was confused and frightened, but Schopenhauer reassured her. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “You are in the world of literature, a place where anything is possible. I am here to be your guide.”

And so, Louise and Schopenhauer set off on a journey through the multiverse of literature. They traveled through the circles of Dante’s Divine Comedy and walked among the fallen angels in Paradise Lost. They explored the depths of Schopenhauer’s philosophy in The World as Will and Representation and tumbled down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland.

As they journeyed, Louise began to question the reality of her surroundings. Was she really in a different world, or was she dreaming? And if she was dreaming, who was Schopenhauer? Was he real or just a figment of her imagination?

Schopenhauer seemed to sense her doubts. “I am the embodiment of your imagination, Louise,” he said. “You created me, and I exist to take you on these adventures.”

But Louise couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to their relationship. She remembered a childhood memory of a goat-like creature who had been her companion. Could Schopenhauer be that creature, grown and changed?

As they reached the end of their journey, Louise and Schopenhauer stood at a crossroads. Schopenhauer looked at her with a sad smile. “I must go now, Louise,” he said. “But I will always be with you, in your dreams and in your imagination.”

And with that, he disappeared. Louise woke up in her father’s library, the small book lying open on her lap. She closed it and placed it back on the shelf, wondering if it had all been a dream. She couldn’t quite shake the feeling that it had been real, but she couldn’t explain it either. She wandered through the stacks, running her fingers along the spines of the books. She paused at one shelf, noticing a small, leather-bound volume that she hadn’t seen before. She pulled it out and opened it to find it was a diary, filled with the musings and observations of a young Arthur Schopenhauer.

As she read, she realized that the story of the goat-god Pan and the multiverse of books was not just a dream, but a manifestation of Schopenhauer’s own ideas about the world. She understood that the Will, the force that drives everything, was an ouroboros, constantly consuming and creating itself. She realized that she and Schopenhauer were not separate entities, but two sides of the same coin.

She closed the diary and looked around the library. She knew that it would always hold secrets and surprises for her, just as the Will would always keep turning. She smiled to herself, feeling a sense of peace and understanding. She knew that she would return to the library often, to explore and discover more about the world and herself.

As she left the library and stepped out into the bright sunlight, she couldn’t help but think about Schopenhauer’s words: “The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” She knew that she must find a balance between exploring and understanding the world, and taking care of her own well-being. And with that, she walked down the path, ready for whatever adventures and revelations the world had in store for her.

The end

"Currer Bell is neither man nor woman, but an abstract thing, an artist." - Michael Garcia Mujica. Echoing this sentiment about Charlotte Brontë's pseudonymous voice, Michael lends his pen to silent film star Louise Brooks. From his base in Coral Gables, Florida, Michael—a writer, visual artist, and curator of Vintage Brooks, Inc.—revitalizes Brooks's legacy. His acclaimed blog, Naked on My Goat, serves as a living tribute to Brooks's enduring influence in dance, her profound writing, and her broad appreciation for the arts. Just as Brontë made an indelible mark in literature despite the societal constraints of her time, Michael accentuates Brooks's trailblazing spirit within the film industry. In his role, he ensures that Brooks's iconic voice continues to resonate within the cultural lexicon of the 21st century, celebrating the intricate victories of women in arts, both past and present. Explore more about the abstract persona of Charlotte Brontë in Michael's piece, "The Abstract Persona: Understanding Charlotte Brontë's Pseudonymous Journey as Currer Bell."

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