The vegetarian pacifist par excellence

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 22.59.29Leafing through Kat Su’s Crap Taxidermy (2014), which he comes across in a bookshop one day, Dalrymple is tickled by one of the photos: the mixed metaphor of a guinea-pig wrapped round a knuckleduster.

The guinea-pig, he notes,

is the very model of an inoffensive creature.

Utopian pacifists, he points out,

conceive of human society as one composed of people with the temperament and manners of guinea-pigs, who never raise their voices above the liquid vociferations of these small animals.

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 23.13.40The ironic juxtaposition of the guinea-pig with the knuckleduster, symbol of

the use of violence as a first rather than a last resort,

excites laughter in Dalrymple, causing the cashier

to look at me uneasily.

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