INTERVIEW WITH AN EMPIRE

Over on her blog Kassandra Gordon has a few words with yours truly…

IN THE BEGINNING WERE SOME WORDS…

If you look into the history of Writing you find that the earliest examples archaeologists have dug up are shopping-lists, laundry-lists, that sort of thing; then there’s this evolutionary leap and you start getting laws being written down, moral precepts, you start getting imagery, metaphor and whatnot; but the first instance of something containing narrative elements was “The Pyramid Texts.” This was a private story, it was written on the inside of one of those big fuck-off tombs for one of those big fuck-off Egyptian rulers, the idea being that when this guy died and was resurrected he might be a bit bluhbluhbluh so he’d read the hieroglyphs around him and be reminded of who he was and what he was supposed to be doing. “The Pyramid Texts” are really really long, there’s this section in its middle which is itself really really long, this is my drastically edited version of that bit. This is the beginning of Literature; this is the story we started telling ourselves right when we’d got to be able to tell ourselves stories; this is

THE CANNIBAL HYMN

The heavens: stagger.

The stars: dim.

The sky: falls.

The earth: opens.

The dead: tremble.

The living: tremble.

The heavens: still.

Pharaoh rises!

Pharaoh is Lord of Wisdom whose mother knows not his name!

Pharaoh shatters at will!

He is crowned Lord of the Horizon:

Creation is ended.

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Pharaoh smashes the backbones of the gods!

Pharaoh seizes the hearts of the gods!

He lives on the being of every god,

He eats their entrails!

He eats their magic and gulps down their souls;

Fathers and mothers he burns as incense

With the thighs of their eldest for fuel:

Dead Pharaoh lives!

Dead Pharaoh lives!

He circles the world:

Whom he finds in his way he devours bit by bit,

Devours spirit, devours skin,

Devours even shadow.

One rule for Pharaoh:

“If he likes he does; if he dislikes he does not.”

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You! Sinners! You have no power to destroy Pharaoh!

He is the power that overcomes all powers,

He is the image of all that is!

Pharaoh!

Pharaoh will do it again and again!

Pharaoh will do it forever!

Pharaoh forever!

For ever and ever!

THE WAGES OF APPEASEMENT

Before the storming of the US embassy in Cairo by a mob of hysterical vicious cunts protesting a film portraying Muslims as hysterical vicious cunts, that embassy released the following statement: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.” Diplomats abased themselves and their nation, stabbed the principle of Free Speech in the back, cowered before the Devil of “hurt feelings,” betrayed those who have fought and continue to fight the enemies of democracy… and the mob came anyway.

The wages of appeasement are humiliation and death.

UPDATE: The film-maker is now in prison in California.