“The Cannibal Variations – XXIII” / Memorable Fancies #608

(with Jun Yan)

     In a starving world, convicted criminals are sentenced to “donate” body parts to the State so that the masses may be fed: left leg for a first offense, right for a second. Some jurisdictions take the effort to make the punishment fit the crime: a hand from a forger or a groper (called a “hand-off”), lips from those who utter sedition or disagreement with official policy. In justification, authorities point to the ancient Middle East practice of amputating the hand of a thief. Unlike us, however, the Arabs hadn’t thought to call this “finger-food.”

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