Friday, October 19, 2012


"Certainly it's not the case, as some continue to maintain, that the religious or the sacred or the divine has been shattered, dissolved, obviated, by some outside agent, by the light of the Enlightenment. That would have resulted in a world made of secular funerals, in all their awful bleakness. What happened instead is that such things as the religious or the sacred or the divine, by an obscure process of osmosis, were absorbed and hidden in something alien, which no longer has need of such names because it is self-sufficient and is content to be described as society."

– from K, published in Italian by Roberto Calasso in 2002, translated by Geoffrey Brock in 2005 (image at bottom of Anthony Perkins in a film adaptation of The Trial, directed by Orson Welles in 1962).