B__’S Punishment Diary

I’ve previously discussed the cathartic effects of punishment; to better illustrate those effects I’m reproducing two diary pages of B__, who I’ve previously discussed.

A fairly large number of people have asked if the events I’ve been writing about are recent or if they’re drawn from what one person termed my “extensive historical archives,” and a few have even wondered if there’s no historicism at all and I actually invent everything.

The questions are good ones. And I have two answers. The first — that of William Burroughs in “The Naked Lunch” — is “Nothing is true. Everything is Permitted.” And the second — my own — is “does it matter?”

I hope that one or the other answers the questions.

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