Note 9

In this case the baby was held on his grandfather’s lap – possibly by the much excoriated (by his sole surviving son) Hermann Kafka – but the only stipulation is that the lap belongs to the closest available Jewish male relative other than the father. I myself have held a nephew prone so that the moule can ply his knife, and there’s no doubt that the immediate sympathy occasioned by the alignment of genitals places the ceremony foursquare within a psychosexual cradle.

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