January 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
I loved this book, and Taussig’s work in general.
“Here we are at this momentous stage in world history, where much of if not most of what seems essential to the identity of a person — their appearance — can be changed. Ugly people become beautiful. Fat people become thin. Old people become young. Serial killers in bed with the state are endowed with the beatific smile of a saint. The ‘you’ of before, the original ‘you’ of flesh and blood, of a certain weight and curvature of body and face, has vanished like a puff of smoke except for that label attached to the wraith of your being, the label of your name –if you still have one.” (126)