“Hatred of the Dead” / Memorable Fancies #1028

       A strange movement began called Hatred of the Dead – because we will all be there, and we will hate to be there, hate to think, now, about being there then, with all those others.        I clench my teeth. My hatred grows. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please FOLLOW or tell your friends and share a comment here or on other social websites. For an author profile, list of publications, other information, and a contact form, see www.terencekuch.net. To … [Read more...]

“Knifing the Dead” / A Memorable Fancy #160

In a far land there is a ceremony called “knifing.” On the anniversary of a death, survivors gather at the burial place and thrust knives into the ground above the corpse, shouting the name of the dead one and cursing him for reminding them of their own forthcoming fate. The knives so used are considered holy, and are henceforth employed to slaughter bleating, terrified mammals on the altar. [– after Julia Kristeva]   … [Read more...]