report no.: 201
source: Remainder (a novel) by Tom McCarthy
167: Forensic procedure is an art form, nothing less. No, I'll go further:
it's higher, more refined, than any art form. Why? because it's
real. Take just one aspect of it — say the diagrams: with
all their outlines, arrows and shaded blocks they look like abstract
paintings, avant-garde ones from the last century — dances
of shapes and flows as delicate and skilful as the markings on butterflies'
wings. But they're not abstract at all. They're records of atrocities.
Each line, each figure, every angle — the ink itself vibrates
with an almost intolerable violence, darkly screaming from the silence
of white paper: something has happened here, someone has died.