some sentences just bring me up short

“I bite deeply into my lips; we know well that to gain a small, extraneous pain serves as a stimulant to mobilize our last reserves of energy. The Kapos also know it: some of them beat us from pure bestiality and violence, but others beat us when we are under a load almost lovingly, accompanying the blows with exhortations, as cart-drivers do with willing horses.”

—Primo Levi, If This Is a Man

One Response to “some sentences just bring me up short”

  1. halfaballoon Says:

    Hi, Tom – name’s Jim and I’ve been enjoying your blog *very* much. Started talking to you, or at you, over at Glenn Kenny’s site – check it out next time your around. Very glad I clicked through to you.

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