Friday, March 29, 2013


      This danger lurking everywhere
      has created new complicities,
      new tenderness, new solidarities.
      Before, no one ever said a word;
      now we talk to one another. We
      all know exactly why we're there.

The Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court sounds poised to portray again the posture of the good man who no longer pretends not to see injustice and yet who does nothing. He is ill positioned to adopt that pose, because he has accepted the ultimate post of obligation. In arguments before his Court this week he demanded of a lady arguing for justice, if her client did not already have enough friends, as if such a circumstance might absolve him of ignoring manifest injury.

Hervé Guibert
To the Friend Who
  Did Not Save My Life
Linda Coverdale, translation
Macmillan, 1991©

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