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    The Song of Medusa

    From THE DIARY OF ANA  D’MITRIEV May 1, 1993 Sumner’s a good sort, underneath that persona.  He knows his job, even if he does seem as dense as a granite slab sometimes. I seem to be the envy of my department, if the letters I get from some of the other grad students is any indication.  Even Sandy, who’s off to warm, tropical Belize to work on a Mayan excavation, writes that she’s envious. “Travel to strange, foreign places, meet fascinating exotic people, dine on spice and intrigue – become an archaeologist”.  Right, if a can of cold beans as an alternative to lard soup is spicy, and being leered…

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    THE SONG OF MEDUSA

    PREFACE And perhaps a tree standing in the forest fills its leaves with the breath of the World and we listen and we are not alone. — THE BOOK OF GAIA (Vezhna MS 2379, trans. w/comm. Anastasia D’Mitriev, 1999) For the general reader, we hope that this document, fragmentary though it may be, will provide a more human understanding of two figures who are already passing into legend, although they themselves might not have wanted it so. Clearly, neither Anastasia D’Mitriev, “Ana” to her many admirers, nor Jason Sumner, would have considered themselves intrinsically remarkable.  Throughout their careers, both avoided publicity insofar as it was possible.  Certainly, their long struggle…