Poverty

«I would like to thank my parents (…). They gave the biggest gift: the poverty. And I want to thank them for the rest of my life» – Roberto Benigni

«It is providential that the youth or man of inventive mind is not ‘blessed’ with a million dollars (…). Many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings» – Nikola Tesla, New York Times, April 8, 1934, Section X, p. 9.

«Food-spassing in The Idiots is a figure of the exceeding of the principium individuationis, a luxurious bypassing of guided, individual alimentation – the gratuitous spilling-out of the sacrificial offering. Six thousand kroners’ worth of real Iranian caviar, smeared and dribbled and flung across the table by the spassers, is transformed into the object of spass, and the neatly packaged and precious commodity is torn and thrown apart like the object of a Dionysian orgy. And Karen’s objection to the food-spass – that the cost was so great, and that people are starving – is met only with Stoffer’s perverse denial, his finger to his temple: “No – there aren’t. That’s the trick.”» – about a scene of Lars von Trier’s “The Idiots”

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