Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The garden of forking streams


Chilean author Eduardo Labarca has declared that pissing on the grave of Jorge Luis Borges (or at least pretending to) is “an artistic act”. Although it turns out that the act was motivated not by any disapproval of Borges’ writing, but as a response to his support for General Pinochet and other reactionary leaders in South America, which surely makes it a political act. Now, is that better, or worse, or at least less messy? And would I be able to justify vomiting on the mausoleum of Martin Amis (who isn’t dead, as far as I’m aware, but he hasn’t  written anything this century that particularly excited me) on one or other or both grounds?

Feel free to add your own author-death-bodily function combo in the space below. Bloody hell, is this a new meme?

5 comments:

Boz said...

I could get a small yappy-type dog to widdle on the grave of Barbara Cartland.?

Tim Footman said...

That’s the general idea. Any more?

Billy said...

When Charlotte Roche dies, we should smear her grave with all the body fluids we can muster.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Martin Amis has a mausoleum? Typical.

brokenbiro said...

I'd spit on the grave of Boris Vian - it's what he would have wanted.