1938, Vladimir Bartol published Alamut, a story about the semi-mythical Hassan-i Sabbah, leader of the sect of Ismailian and founder of the legendary Assassins.
1959, beat author William S. Burroughs, fascinated with Hassan-i Sabbah’s iconoclasm and use of psychoactive experiences in the indoctrinate of aspirant disciples, published Naked Lunch. Naked Lunch heavily references Alamut and featured the axiom of the Assassins, “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”
1999, composer Bill Laswell released Hashisheen: The End of Law, a concept album based on the story of Hassan-i Sabbah. The album featured spoken word by William S. Burroughs, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Lizzy Mercier Descloux & Hakim Bey. Thirty six seconds into the album, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge can be heard chanting “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”.
2007, Ubisoft launched the Assassins Creed game franchise. Inspired by the story of Hassan-i Sabbah, the multi-million dollar game franchise has since popularised the motto “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”.
2009, American artist Dash Snow dies tragically of an overdose. On Snow’s left shoulder was a tattoo written “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”.
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