"Dog Is Dead, or The Crucifixion Reloaded"

Got this off the Internet. Nice. It is actually from The Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism, by a very strange philosopher named Nick Land. It didn’t have a title. I gave it that stupid title. Improve it if you can or dare.
I wiped the blade against my jeans and walked into the bar. It was mid-afternoon, very hot and still. The bar was deserted. I ordered a whiskey.
The barman looked at the blood and asked: ‘God?’
‘Yeah.’
‘S’pose it’s time someone finished that hypocritical little punk, always bragging about his old man’s power…’
He smiled crookedly, insinuatingly, a slight nausea shuddered through me.
I replied weakly: ‘It was kind of sick, he didn’t fight back or anything, just kept trying to touch me and shit, like one of those dogs that try to fuck your leg. Something in me snapped, the whingeing had ground me down too low. I really hated that sanctimonious little creep.’
‘So you snuffed him?’
‘Yeah, I’ve killed him, knifed the life out of him, once I started I got frenzied, it was an ecstasy, I never knew I could hate so much.’ I felt very calm, slightly light-headed. The whiskey tasted good, vaporizing in my throat. We were silent for a few moments.
The barman looked at me levelly, the edge of his eyes twitching slightly with anxiety: ‘There’ll be trouble though, don’tcha think?’
‘I don’t give a shit, the threats are all used up, I just don’t give a shit.’
‘You know what they say about his old man? Ruthless bastard they say. Cruel…’
‘I just hope I’ve hurt him, if he even exists.’
‘Woulden wanna cross him merself,’ he muttered.
I wanted to say ‘yeah, well that’s where we differ’, but the energy for it wasn’t there. The fan rotated languidly, casting spidery shadows across the room. We sat in silence a little longer.
The barman broke first: ‘So God’s dead?’
‘If that’s who he was. That fucking kid lied all the time. I just hope it’s true this time.’
The barman worked at one of his teeth with his tongue, uneasily: ‘It’s kindova big crime though, isn’t it? You know how it is, when one of the cops goes down and everything’s dropped ’til they find the guy who did it. I mean, you’re not just breaking a law, your breaking LAW.’
I scraped my finger along my jeans, and suspended it over the bar, so that a thick clot of blood fell down into my whiskey, and dissolved. I smiled: ‘Maybe it’s a big crime,’ I mused vaguely ‘but maybe it’s nothing at all…’
‘…and we have killed him’ writes Nietzsche, but—destituted of community—I crave a little time with him on my own. In perfect communion I lick the dagger foamed with God’s blood.

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2 thoughts on “"Dog Is Dead, or The Crucifixion Reloaded"”

  1. For me, beating up on God in the 21st century just ain’t really all that transgressive, unless you go to Eastern Europe where they still believe in him, a la the stunt group Pussy Riot desecrating an Orthodox church in Russia; that took some balls.
    It’s part of why Christopher Hitchens never really moved me; well that, and the fact that he got snookered good on Iraq and was allowed to distance himself from it (like everyone else who fucked that one up big time).
    The writing in the vignette is good, though; terse.
    Rob, short of going through all the trackbacks and previous entries, as a communist-socialist (or someone sympathetic to that outlook) is it your view that Christianity needs to be jettisoned, that it’s only real purpose is to keep the peasants under control for their master? You know, cooperating with the feudal lords in the hopes of attaining something in the hereafter?
    I ask because your stance on illegal immigration and George Zimmerman is pretty heterodox for a Leftist, and it’s part of what drew me into your orbit (and could make more conservatives amenable to the economic Left). The less identity politics the Left plays, I believe, the more amenable people become to economic leftism (which I have no problems with).

  2. O/T but I just shot over to Timwise.org (pure masochism on my part), and the guy has a post up saying that the reason we’re all angry about the NSA spying scandal is…you guessed it, racism against Obama: http://www.timwise.org/2013/06/whiteness-nsa-spying-and-the-irony-of-racial-privilege/
    To create a tool for one purpose and think that it can’t be used for others is rather short-sighted. Well meaning whites created anti-racism to give blacks equality with whites, and now it’s being used to shield The One from legitimate criticism. If Obama fired a thermonuclear missile at the Palestinians and killed 300,000 people, Timmy could hop out to say that “Hey, FDR killed a lot of Japanese with nuclear weapons and he got away with that, didn’t he? Don’t be racist and deny Barack the opportunity to do what FDR did.”
    Amazing.

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