Shaving puts you behind 1-0

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012

shaving  brush From The Dinner, by the Dutch writer Herman Koch, here is a meditation on the torments of shaving:

“I didn’t feel like going to the restaurant. I never do. A fixed appointment for the immediate future is the gates of hell, the actual evening is hell itself. It starts in front of the mirror in the morning: what you’re going to wear, and whether or not you’re going to shave. At times like these, after all, everything is a statement, a pair of torn and stained jeans as much as a neatly ironed shirt. If you don’t scrape off the days’ stubble, you were too lazy to shave; two days’ beard immediately makes them wonder whether this is some new look; three days or more is just a step from total dissolution. ‘Are you feeling all right? You’re not sick, are you?’ No matter what you do, you’re not free. You shave, but you’re not free. Shaving is a statement as well. Apparently you find this evening significant enough to go to the trouble of shaving, you see the others thinking — in fact, shaving already puts you behind 1-0.”

Fifty Shades of Grey purported to shock, but provided nothing more than the feeble tingle of reheated soft porn. The Dinner, on the other hand, is the real hard stuff of life and you’ll feel the jolt long after you’ve put it down.

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