Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bashir interviews Bell

Bashir: You ate your mother for breakfast. That’s true, isn’t it?

Bell: I begin with the belief that when we eat our mother, God eats our mother. I begin with a divine being who is profoundly empathetic, compassionate and stands in solidarity with cannibals.

Bashir: I get that. But did you eat your mother for breakfast?

Bell: Eating your mother for breakfast is one culinary perspective within the stream of Christian cannibalism. There’s been within the Christian tradition a number of people who eat their mother for breakfast, but others eat her for lunch, or save her for dinner. Then there’s postmortem cannibalism. One of the things in the book I’m clear on and want people to see is that this tradition has all of these different opinions on the right time to eat your mother.

Bashir: So did you eat or not?

Bell: It’s a beautiful hope. We ought to keep that front and center.

Bashir: You’re trying to have it both ways. That doesn’t make sense. Yes or no: did you or didn’t you eat your mother for breakfast?

Bell: I think that’s a paradox at the heart of Christian cannibalism.


  1. Laughing so hard I can barely breathe!

  2. Lol, I loved it. Perhaps bell will spawn a whole genre of terms. Like for example "I'm going Bell" (both ways).

  3. I wonder if Bell is really a Trill carrying a symbiont; in which case who is eating his mother...Bell or the symbiont? Hmmmm

  4. I wonder:

    Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

    In this instance, the pen certainly is mightier than the culinary!

    Does not the "bell" toll the truth about the Bell's toll? :)