[-empyre-] language, reporting the virtually true

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Thu Nov 6 03:23:34 EST 2014

Slaughter and annihilation extend outward, and where social orders exist 
within the TAZ (temporary autonomous zones) epicenters, annihilation can 
be complete; if there are no survivors, no memorials, nothing, then 
nothing is remembered, as if nothing occurred.

On another note, related, I recommended Jean Amery's At the Mind's Limits, 
which deals with torture among other things, he was tortured as well, and 
the account is unnerving and pertinent here. There is also the Violence 
and Civilization anthology, Elaine Scarry's The Body in Pain, the more 
recent Joanna Bourke's The Story of Pain, and Byron Good's Medicine, 
Rationality, and Experience. I only mention these because there is much 
about silence and the pain-event in them.

- Alan

On Wed, 5 Nov 2014, Johannes Birringer wrote:

> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> [Alan schreibt]
> "Nearly a thousand years old the first of its kind in Iraq, according to
> Archnet, and one of the last six standing, according to Iraq Heritage the
> distinctive muqarnas-domed mausoleum is now a statistic. The tomb of Shia
> Uqaylid amir Sharaf ad-Dawla Muslim is one of a number of sites that have
> been destroyed recently. Preceded by the Shrine of Arbaeen Wali (for 40
> martyrs in the Islamic conquest of Tikrit) and the Syrian Orthodox Green
> Church of Mar Ahudama in late September, followed by the Yezidi Shrine of
> Mem Rean (Meme Reshan) in late October, the Mausoleum of Imam al-Daur was
> destroyed by the Islamic State on October 23."
> And then what is there? anthropologists? archeologists? dust?
> precisely, what my hopes (for/of remembrance and the necessity thereof) that I was asked to grow up with
> in Germany after WW I and the Holocaust were imagining, that forgetting is not easy or impossible, and
> aided ? in the repressions and its counters ?  in many ways, by yes, anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, story tellers,
> detectives, teachers, performance artists, photographers, doctors, workers, collectors, mothers of the disappeared
> and of the rubble dust (Tr?mmerfrauen).
> Johannes
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