On the morning of January 7, 19–, the leadership of

the New Order convened to draw up battle plans against

a grave threat to Krinskyite ideology and power — a forensic

psychiatrist and his insinuations. The General Secretary of the Party

sat at the head of the conference table and opened

the meeting. “Comrades,” he began, “according to our sources, J.

Raben has questioned the originality of Krinsky. He has slandered

all that is dear to us.” The Minister of Internal

Paradox issued his decree. Raben should be exiled for life.

His crime? Ironic innuendo. The hooligan was out of control.


Paraphrases from the article “The Exile Returns” by David Remnick.