Written by Michael Gorman
Published: The Island Journal Magazine
"Don't get me wrong. I speak about "holiness" as an unbeliever. I mean a "secular holiness". If the actor by setting himself a challenge publicly challenges others, and through excess, profanation and outrageous sacrilege reveals himself by casting off his everyday mask, he makes possible for the spectator to undertake a similar process of self-penetration. If he does not exhibit his body, but annihilates it, burns it, frees it from every resistance to any psychic impulse, then he does not sell his body but sacrifices it. He repeats the atonement; he is close to holiness."