Modern Mummies, Body Politics, and the Embalming of LeadersMarch 8, 2013
The body of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be displayed publicly “just like Lenin (and) Mao Zedong,” said the country’s vice president this Thursday on state-run TV.
“The race of prophets is extinct. Europe is becoming set in its ways, slowly embalming itself beneath the wrappings of its borders, its factories, its law-courts and its universities. The frozen Mind cracks between the mineral staves which close upon it. The fault lies with your moldy systems, your logic of 2 + 2 = 4. The fault lies with you, Chancellors, caught in the net of syllogisms. You manufacture engineers, magistrates, doctors, who know nothing of the true mysteries of the body or the cosmic laws of existence. False scholars blind outside this world, philosophers who pretend to reconstruct the mind. The least act of spontaneous creation is a more complex and revealing world than any metaphysics.” — Antonin Artaud.
“The strategic problem is, of course, that simulacra are reassuring only when viewed from outside. They do not provide an existential model for how to be in the world. One can appreciate the brilliance of the embalmer’s work, but one would not want to be its object.” ― Charles Bernheimer
“Books are embalmed minds.”– Christian Nevell Bovee.
Latin America After Chávez by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Chavez: Despot or Saint? by Bhaskar Sunkara.
HUGO BOSS: What I learned about Hugo Chávez’s mental health when I visited Venezuela with Sean Penn. By Christopher Hitchens.