Unreal Nature

June 30, 2011

“Let . . . It . . . Come . . . Down.”

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… “art leaves the frame and the word leaves the page.” “One rent in the fabric is all it takes for pandemonium to sluice through.”

The following brief description is the first of two posts today from Between Science and Literature: An Introduction to Autopoetics by Ira Livingston (2006):

William Burroughs’s short narrative “Apocalypse” (1990) starts with the premise that the god Pan was declared dead at the birth of Christ. Until then, Pan had induced “the sudden awareness that everything is alive and significant,” and though he “lives on in the realm of imagination” he has been “neutralized, framed in music, entombed in books.” Thus, when the collective realization that “nothing is true” begins to take hold, it leads to “a basic disruption of reality itself” in which “art leaves the frame and the word leaves the page.” “One rent in the fabric is all it takes for pandemonium to sluice through”: machines come alive, “graffiti through glass and steel like acid races across the sky in tornadoes of flaming colors,” crowds panic as the earth breaks free of its orbit, and, finally, Pan “pulls down the sky” as the narrator chants, “Let . . . It . . . Come . . . Down.”

-Julie

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