Instead I have Dancy, Radcliffe, Madden, [redacted], looking into the distance with piercing (or even tired) eyes and ambitiously stubbled faces.
Anonymous said: Will you be going to Australia jail? Or regular jail? Or any kind of jail? Fed to lions? What was the sentence? Also what is your favorite sentence you have ever read.
(a) Australia is a gaol from which the only escape is by death. (b) Regular gaol is a capitalist myth. (c) Even in Australia, we are all imprisoned in the gaols of our own creation. Mystics speculate that freedom is impossible, or only through sleep (and that longer sleep that rounds our lives). Their lies have been recorded for posterity. (d) I have been found guilty of having a guilty conscience, and sentenced to hard mental labour without possibility of parole. Lenient, given the circumstances. (e) Borges, Murnane, Laxness are front runners; St Paul, John Williams follow them closely. Evidence would have to be subpoenaed.
Also known as: Andrew makes an appearance in Court.
Update: caffeinated, mentally unprepared, bewigged.
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.
Why do you wrong the poor? Why do you withhold the wage of the hired servant? Why do you not love your brother? Why do you run after pride and lust? And so, stop these things, my soul, and repent for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
from the Troparion Ode IV, Canon of Repentance
—Simon Leys, “Memento Mori,” the last essay in The Hall of Uselessness. Simon Leys was the pen name of celebrated Sinologist Pierre Ryckmans, who died yesterday.
This September, NYRB Classics will be publishing Leys’ translation of Simone Weil’s On the Abolition of All Political Parties.