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O, But what shall I tell you? What is there worth being told? The future will be luminous and reckless
At the core of the dry and purposeful language of Library Science and the Rules of Archival Practice is an Orwellian impulse that serves as a lens through which to consider what Hannah Arendt famously called “the banality of evil.” The Perfect Archive is a story in verse about an archivist who moves beyond his role as protector and cataloguer of others’ work and begins to question the very nature of a “pure and accurate” archive. The role of a government Archivist is to organize and catalogue books, statutes, and memoranda. What happens when these documents are weaponized?
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Paul Lisson would like to acknowledge the generous support of the OAC’s Recommender Grants for Writers Program. The Ontario Arts Council is an Ontario Government Agency.