Fifteen: Forever

Been through a lot of culture since the last post; reading Pete Hamill’s Forever right now. Here’s a short passage, in which Hamill has a madame of a brothel teach the immortal protagonist Cormac O’Connor the essence of journalism:

“Nothing is as it seems,” she said. “Not here and not in France. Not anywhere. And everything is driven by money. The thing you must do is find out what is truly happening, not what seems to be happening. Understand the lie, and you’ll see the truth. Start off by believing that everything is a lie.”

She paused. “The God story is a lie, told by archbishops to enrich themselves. Democracy is a lie. The police are a lie.”

“And us?”

“We’re a lie too,” she said with a smile. “A good lie.” 


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