Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
“It was a chase scene. In the foreground was what looked to be a middle-class man, wearing a white shirt and suit pants. He was trying to get away from several dozen other men, obviously angry, who were running after him yelling and screaming. The man in the white shirt was struggling to get away from them and you could see the fear on his face. He was trying to run, but dozens of hands grabbed for him and held him back, holding on to him like dozens of tentacles that all belonged to a single creature…”
Very interesting essay. He challenges a whole lot of things we take for granted – not least of which is the continuum of action. Where does violence begin? How does it develop and who is ultimately responsible? He also speaks very eloquently on social hierarchy. If you have a bit of time, read it. I’m not sure why it’s not in the newspapers, because it should be. And read it considering the fact that right now the Brazilian government is working on redefining the term slave-labour as a result of lobbying by the agricultural industry. You didn’t read that wrong. Re-defining the meaning of slave like work, to make allowances for what one can only presume is slave like work.