The only thing worse than the post-postmodern novel, is the post-postmodern novel written by a semiotician.
The technique of instilling a sense of emergency in the patron is the greatest achievement that the bartender attains.
Some of us must elect to be perfectly despicable, that others might pretend to be gentleman.
Whisky lies in the realm of the liminal, the paranormal and the supernatural. It is an enchanted area where rules of the rational world do not apply.
We and our counterparts in the East agree that a new general personality must be made to live in the body politic. Our counterparts refer to one such method whereby which this may be accomplished as Psychosynthesis. In the West, we have not found that term of great utility; it is threatening. Instead, a no less effective program has been marketed to the West’s body politic under a ‘New Age’ umbrella — self-hypnosis, guided imagery, visualization techniques, and relaxation therapy. These things work and this new personality is now ubiquitous not only behind the Iron Curtain, but throughout the West. The reactive sort is of the most value to the State.
–George Irwin, Letters to Caspar, 1989
The tyrant has nothing more than the power that you confer upon him to destroy you. Where has he acquired enough eyes to spy upon you, if you do not provide them yourselves? How can he have so many arms to beat you with, if he does not borrow them from you? The feet that trample down your cities, where does he get them if they are not your own? How does he have any power over you except through you? How would he dare assail you if he had no cooperation from you?
While it is in the nature of men endowed with imagination to share, the inferior always hide behind copyrights. Copyrights, and statutory laws by extension, are the only means by which inferior men may defend themselves from natural born creators.
When you make a phone call, you pay a tribute to a stranger for the privilege to speak. Not only has your experience been brokered, but you are poorer and likely none the wiser. There is nothing reasonable about privilege; privilege is not of nature, but of man.
Whether or not it cuts life-likenesses of itself from rock, determines the intrinsic value of a people; its sculpture is its mark.