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“the civil wars– and the uncivilized wars– conflagrations leap out of every poor furnace– the food cooks poorly, and everyone goes hungry– from then on it’s dog eat dog, dog eat body & body eat dog– i can’t go down there– i can’t understand it– i’m a no-good coward & an american too, a north american that is– not a south, or a central, or a native american– oh, i must not think bad thoughts– i’m guilty of murder of innocent men, innocent women, innocent children, thousands of them– my planes, my guns, my money, my soul, it’s my blood on my hands– it’s all my fault–i must not think bad thoughts . . .”

excerpted lyrics, “I MUST NOT THINK BAD THOUGHTS” by X, the band


QUESTION: What do you do when you think bad thoughts?

valerie: write a manifesto
courtney: shove ’em down with coffee and scones
reggie: buy a new weapon
greg: complain to my mother
june: bake brownies and give them all away without even tasting the batter
logan: up my meds
sam: play old fugazi records on my vintage turntable
kara: run at least 12 miles
summer: yell at my kids, feel worse, yell more
scott: take a deep breath and look those mo-fo’s right square in the eye
janelle: write them down in a blank book i got at barnes and noble (years ago)
brett: deny them so they won’t come back
morgan: shoot ’em down, get scared, shoot ’em down, get scared, repeat
lisa: confess, hail mary, our father, all better
olive: read romance novels
oliver: look at porn
george: watch wedding crashers
georgia: watch my wedding video
holly: gossip until my jaw aches
paul: i don’t think bad thoughts


film clip is from I Shot Andy Warhol, 1996. Starring Lili Taylor. Directed by Mary Harron.

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