Monday, October 03, 2011

Pacing around ...

... Ron Slate on Humiliation, by Wayne Koestenbaum (Picador) | On the Seawall: A Literary Website by Ron Slate (GD).

By page 70 I had made note of several stabs at defining humiliation, starting with “an observale lowering of status and position.” But it is also “a process of accretion .. one grows more and more humiliated.” He says it “resembles a fold … the outer and inner realms change places … An object that should be private and unseen is suddenly visible.” He then describes humiliation “asthe intrusion of an unwanted substance or action upon an undefended body.The pain of intrusion, but also its suddenness and incomprehensibility (what substance is entering me?) – constitutes the humiliation.

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