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The alternatives are not placid servitude on the one hand and revolt against servitude on the other. There is a third way, chosen by thousands and millions of people every day. It is the way of quietism, of willed obscurity, of inner emigration.

J.M. Coetzee


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So what about a mashup of "In the Penal Colony" and "The Library of Babel"?

"So the prisoner goes on dying his inexorable death, his improbable death. The sentence engraved into his flesh mutates slowly, becomes itself the story, becomes all stories, an encyclopaedia of human knowledge written for all eternities on bodies which will rot away. The executioner turns away from the slaughter, lights a cigarette, walks slowly across the grounds to his barracks."

posted morning of Saturday, December 30th, 2017

So what about a mashup of The Metamorphosis with the legend of Prometheus? Samsa the giant beetle chained eternally to the rock, where the eagle -- I guess pigeon would be more apt -- of Zeus flies daily to tear out and eat his gut...

posted evening of the 14th by The Modesto Kid

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