K I M Y O N G H A If you press your lips to the tongue of a snake and show fear, the snake will swallow you up. If not, it will guide you to the entrance of another world. The snake is a reptile of transcendence. Jim Morrison, in the movie The Doors "Want to hear the one about the smoke woman?" he asks me. "Sure, go ahead." He's smoking a cigarette, watching the smoke seep out of his mouth, twist, coil, and drift off. "ok. One day a man's body turns up. The officer at the scene finds the place littered with cigarette butts. The place reeks of cigarette smoke--so strong it covers up the smell of decomposition." "So...?" I look at him wide-eyed, urging him on. "So how'd he die? That's a good question. The officer investigates different possibilities. First, he schedules an autopsy--which is more involved than the usual exam. In an autopsy, you actually cut into the body as well as examine it for clues. And then the officer discovers something very interesting." "What's that?" "In addition to being naked from the waist down, there was a large quantity of semen." "That's
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