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Month: September 2012

true tales of the almost self

“I have suggested my father killed himself, but it’s just as accurate to say that he died gardening.” –Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic    Bechdel’s father was gay at the wrong time in the wrong place and so he stayed in the closet and lived a secret and possibly criminal life. Then he was hit by a truck when Bechtel was 20. Died.…

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legal matters

“Too much agreement kills a chat.” –Eldridge Cleaver    I shouldn’t be quoting Eldridge Cleaver on Itchy Banquet for lots of reasons. For example, I am white and I don’t know shit. Furthermore, according to his book, which is filed under “autobiography,” he was a rapist. I don’t go around quoting rapists. Still, it’s just a book. Black words on white paper. So there. Soul…


the guilt of the living

[flowplayer src=’’ width=640 height=360 splash=’’]   “The battlefield is symbolic of the field of life, where every creature lives on the death of another.” –Joseph Campbell, Hero with a Thousand Faces   film clip from Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion, 2010, Sony Pictures.     The “Romantic Poets” have gathered a kind of glittery moss over the million years since they were alive. We…

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different planets

Vesta Relates to Virgo and Scorpio Keywords: pure, devoted, dedicated, committed, moral, dutiful, responsible, traditional, conservative, hard working, perfect, sacrifice, discipleship, service, simplicity, integrity, focused, centered, whole-in-oneself, intact, self-identified, self-contained, private, solitary, free spirited, individualistic, sexual, sexually liberated, sexually inhibited, chaste, unmarried mother, ascetic, celibate, frigid, impotent, barren, promiscuous, prostitute, workaholic, confined, limited, narrow-minded, bigoted, fanatic, zealous, martyr, unfocused, uncommitted.       The suspicious thing…

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a square is a rectangle

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “What I used to tell people was that, when I die, I want the whole world to end at the same time. If I have to die, I want everyone else to die; I want it all to cease at the same time. Everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s a very selfish outlook.’” –from a conversation recorded and transcribed by David Wojnarowicz  Reasons…

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take a number

  Average people: they tell each other in precise detail what was on their boarding house menu. –Robert Musil,   Don’t you want to be like that cute, average girl who sells Progressive insurance on TV? She’s not a stark raving beauty, but she’s no dog, either. I used to eat at a vegetarian, Chinese restaurant where you could order ox tail soup, ox testicles,…

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know / not know

  “If you argue with a madman, it is extremely probable that you will get the worst of it; for in many ways his mind moves all the quicker for not being delayed by the things that go with good judgment. . . If a man says (for instance) that men have a conspiracy against him, you cannot dispute it except by saying that all…

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[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]     “This trial is all about my image, this has nothing to do with me. . . I’m selling records. This is what I do for a living: I’m selling records. Don’t get it twisted. This is not my real life.” –Tupac Shakur, 1995        Absent without permission.        

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shopped and had pizza and saw a show

    “Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up?” –William Faulkner, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, 1950     Some ran away from it. Others ran into it. Some sat in unfamiliar living…

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judicial legislative executive

  “An army of neurotic ants lives in the jungle of some remote country. In their journey they’ve uncovered a trail formed by three overlapping circles. Here’s the challenge: the ants have to find a route that covers every part of this odd trail. The route can’t cross over itself (nor can the ants back up and retrace any steps). Can you uncover their continuous…

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cultural contribution

  “I myself am a failure at raising funds and sustaining my work. As a visiting artist I can hardly support basic functions. I do not have health insurance, life insurance, storage or insurance for art works; I do not have savings, retirement funds, medical plan, investments, bonds, etc. It is impossible to produce the new works I envision . . . I’m enclosing a…

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glorified failure

  “Miss Rand provided a handy set of rules for every patriotic moviemaker to follow: Don’t Smear the Free Enterprise System. Don’t Deify the ‘Common Man‘. Don’t Glorify Failure. Don’t Smear Industrialists. Don’t Smear Success.” author Otto Friedrich quoting Ayn Rand      A theoretical American worked: –at a catering company that made fresh pasta. Her long, straight hair got caught in the pasta machine…

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