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Month: August 2012

Sit Ye Down

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/BrazildirectedbyTerryGilliamc.1985.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Screen-Shot-2012-08-31-at-12.02.00-PM1.png’] “If a fish is born in your aquarium and you call him John, write out a birth certificate, tell him about his family history, and two minutes later he gets eaten by another fish—that’s tragic. But it’s only tragic because you projected a separate self where there was none. You got hold of a fraction of a dynamic process, a molecular dance,…

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the ledge of perfection

  “Consider not only the source of your food but the consequences to your health. Shiny red tomatoes in winter lure us in with their novelty, but where do they come from? The source of those tomatoes is a warm, sunny, faraway place. To withstand the journey from farm to shelf and continue to look fresh and perfect, even I would need to be artificially…

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to scale

(These are a few of the fake nails designed for Adriana La Cerva of The Sopranos.)   RKP Proctor Theatre, 1915 112-116 Market Street “Built to replace the smaller Proctor’s Theater on Park Place, this was a classic example of the vaudeville and cinema palaces that were going up all over the country in that period. It was designed and built on a grandiose scale…

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It’s All Good

  “Americans who are not poor find American individualism a satisfying ideology, for it explains their success in life by laying it at their own doorstep. This enables them to feel proud of their success, even if it is modest, rather than somehow ashamed of it. Crediting success to their position in social structure threatens those good feelings. It is much more gratifying to believe…

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parallel bars

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Marriage-of-Maria-Braun-dir.by-R.-W.-Fassbinder.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Screen-Shot-2012-08-22-at-3.03.43-PM.png’]   “Anyone who wears the Bunny costume must go through a whole day of training just to learn how to wear it it properly: how to stand in it, how to sit in it, how to walk in it, how to bend in it (legs together, bend at the knees, never the waist). It should sit perfectly on the Bunny’s curves; two…

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One Giant Molecule

  “Our new technologies, combined with our numbers, have made us, collectively, a force of nature.” —Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth     101. Jimmie J. J. Walker. Child star or not? 102. Raw milk enthusiasts. Predominantly female? 103. Can there be degrees of freedom? 104. Sons of Doctors vs. Sons of Bitches. Winner? 105. WARNING: Carbon Monoxide cannot be seen or smelled but can kill…

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waste management

  “It is enough to be convinced once and for all that reality is change, that change is indivisible, and that in an indivisible change the past is one with the present.” –Henri Bergson  It was an old style beach cottage; it belonged to friends of my parents. We spent a lot of time there as kids. My cousin says it’s been remodeled and made…

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guilt is a racket

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/altered-states.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Screen-Shot-2012-08-15-at-12.49.59-PM-1.png’]       “One major situation in which people give phony or “plastic” strokes is when they feel they should give strokes and actually have none to give. Either because they are directly asked, but usually because a person is coming on Victim and hooking her, a person may feel that she should come across with strokes. Under such circumstances, it is…

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The Square

  “Given my current state of enlightenment, I wouldn’t dream of circulating through the bar scene— barhopping, we called it— but I did in those days. In the sixties and seventies, that’s what you did for recreation. That’s how you met guys. That’s how you got laid. What Women’s Liberation “liberated” was our attitude toward sex. Where we once used sex for barter, now we…

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Zzzzzzzzz (TM)

  “Don’t feel guilty about your past and commit more guilt for yourself to ease the pain.” —Erje Ayden, The Legend of Erje Ayden  The Mao silkscreen by Andy Warhol is from a page in a Dia Art Foundation catalog: “Dia’s Andy.” c. 2005. The photo of the drooling woman is currently running as a print ad for ZzzQuil (TM), the latest offering from the…

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Buckle your pants over your waist.

    El que no agarra consejo, no llega a viejo. He who doesn’t take advice doesn’t reach old age. El  que quiera saber sus defectos, que se case y el que quiera saber sus cualidades, que se muera. One who wants to know his defects should marry; one who wants to know his qualities should die. Fajarse los pantalones arriba de la cintura. Buckle your…

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“flattening of affect”

[flowplayer src=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/blade-runner.m4v’ splash=’http://www.bootrundle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Screen-Shot-2012-08-01-at-5.37.57-PM.png’]   “Life is a trifle; Honor is all; Shoulder the rifle; Answer the call. A nation of traders We’ll show what we are Freedom’s crusaders Who war against war… Sons of the granite Strong be our stroke Making this planet Safe for all folk.” “The New Crusade,” US battle song, by Katharine Lee Bates, WWI   film clip is from Blade Runner directed…

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