Just because: Clifford Curzon plays the "Trout" Quintet
10 months ago
I have discussed with the author the details of his plot. I have reread it. To classify it as perfect is neither imprecision nor a hyperbole.
-Jorge Luis Borges, concluding his Prologue.
My persistent, deplorable preoccupation with Morel's relationship to Faustine keeps me from paying much attention to my own destruction; that is an unexpected and beneficent result.
-Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel
So he was sentenced to be beheaded, within the hour, and as soldiers manhandled him out of the tent towards the killing ground, he shouted over his shoulder: 'Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive.'
Mahound replied, 'Writers and whores. I see no differences here.'
-Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
In the name of God the Almighty. We belong to God and to Him we shall return. I would like to inform all intrepid Muslims in the world that the author of the book Satanic Verses, which has been compiled, printed, and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur'an, and those publishers who were aware of its contents, are sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, where they find them, so that no one will dare to insult the Islamic sanctity. Whoever is killed on this path will be regarded as a martyr, God-willing.
How can we explain this paradox? Terror is an expression of the impotence of Islamism; unable to win for themselves a mass following jihadists have become impresarios of death, forced into spectacular displays of violence to gain the attention they cannot win through political means. Nothing reveals the moral squalor of radical Islam better than its celebration of the suicide bomber. Traditional political and military movements nurtured as their greatest asset the people who supported them. For jihadists people are like firecrackers to be lit and tossed away.
-Kenan Malik, From Fatwa To Jihad pg. 94