Tuesday, February 07, 2006

News From Walhalla: My Books, My Life

“’In every dictatorship,’ he said to Bianchina, ‘just one man, even any little man at all, who continues to think with his own head puts the whole public order in danger. Tons of printed paper propagate the regime’s order of the day, thousands of loudspeakers, hundreds of thousands of posters and handbills distributed free, and stables of orators in the squares and crossroads, thousands of priests from the pulpit, all repeat to the point of obsession, to the point of collective stupefaction, these orders of the day. But it’s enough that a little man, just one little man says NO for that formidable granite order to be in danger.’” - Ignazio Silone, Bread and Wine,