What does a king do
in the republic of pain? Give them
bread and circuses like any king,
the bread of memory and the circuses of forgetting,
bread and nostalgia.
- Yehuda Amichai (translated from the Hebrew by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld), from Open Closed Open
Bread and circuses. Memory and forgetting. What makes life possible and what makes it worthwhile.
I too would believe in the trapeze of oblivion, if I could only forget the dry taste in my mouth.