This isn’t my favorite excerpt from the 517 page long sentence, but it’s perhaps the most quotable without having to run on for another 200 pages or so.
Things like this make me unsure of everything and everyone. Screening The Battle of Algiers to justify or re-dedicate to something like the Iraq War seems as bizarre and fucked up and depraved as, say, screening The Boiler Room as an example for financial practices one should pursue or screening Glengarry Glen Ross as an exemplar of how to be a salesman.
In the land of the pyramids, dreadful battles happened,
Clashes with the rabid owners of slaves.
That’s what this papyrus is relating.
It tells us of our nameless precursors,
Of slaves, madly daring, courageous fighters,
And the rich people’s furious hatred,
The impotent priests, long since turned to dust,
Their bellies still bursting with malice.
- Nikolai Buhkarin, Sept. 1937