Nothing shall remain!
Neither memory nor name!
It will be as though
You never, ever lived!
People simply disappeared, always during the night.
Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.
All memory of your existence will be wiped from reality. You will die, and no one will mourn.
There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories! Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned. Every Greek historian, and every scribe shall have their eyes pulled out, and their tongues cut from their mouths. Why, uttering the very name of Sparta, or Leonidas, will be punishable by death! The world will never know you existed at all!
They came. They trundled their belongings into the city. They settled. They took hold. They prospered in business, science, education, the arts. They came with nothing. Nothing. And they flourished. For six centuries there has been a Jewish Krakow. Think about that. By this evening those six centuries are a rumor. They never happened. Today is history.
Did you ever stop to think that eventually there's a point where your name gets mentioned for the very last time? Well, here it is. I'm going to kill you.
When a spy gets fired, he doesn't get a call from the lady in HR and a gold watch. They cut him off. They make sure he can never work again. They can't take away his skills or what's in his head, so they take away the resources that allow him to function. They burn him.
Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet, stricken from all pylons and obelisks, stricken from every monument of Egypt. Let the name of Moses be unheard and unspoken, erased from the memory of men for all time.
"We do not pile the skulls of our enemies, nor make them into ornaments. We grind them into dust. We leave nothing for their families to weep over, nothing for their descendants to honor."
Twenty years ago, there was an academic study or the five hundred truly great novelists since the Second War
. I was not in their company. I had slid down the page to a footnote, where I am described as a sort of Lucifer who turned his back on 'modernism,' a movement that had ended, I had always thought, in the year of my birth. During the fifties
, a university student told me that when he had wanted to write a dissertation on me, he had been warned that he would be thought a fairy and that no university would ever hire him.
isn't a big fan of the whole 'disappearing people in the night' thing popular with so many repressive regimes. No, soldiers just take away whole families at a time, in full view of everyone. They all get to watch while the newly doomed deportees load their stuff onto government vans...keep in mind that crimes like 'treason' and (more commonly) 'looking like you might be about to commit treason
' are punishable by life imprisonment or execution ... for both the accused and three freaking generations
of his or her family. You're not just dooming yourself
. You don't just watch your words, but your inflection
The dampest, dirtiest rag at the bottom of the laundry room rag bag Sean Penn
has been married twice and divorced twice to two very famous people (Madonna
and Jen-nay from Forrest Gump
), but according to Sean Penn, neither of those count, and if he got married to Charlize Theron
, the woman he is possibly maybe engaged to, it would be his first
... Don’t worry, I’m sure both Madonna and Robin Wright also like to pretend they were never married to Sean Penn. And I’m sure if you asked them, they’d use the same excuse. “Yeah, it doesn’t count because I wasn’t properly informed that I was marrying a talking sphincter.”
, "Twice-Married Sean Penn Says Charlize Theron Would Be His “First Marriage"
Republicans don't have to accept evolution, economics, climatology or human sexuality, but I just watched a week of their national convention, and I need
them to admit the historical existence of George W. Bush
. If your party can run the nation for eight years and then have a national convention and not invite Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Karl Rove or Tom DeLay
... you're not a political movement, you're the witness protection program.