the struggle is real
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Robert Rauschenberg in his Front Street studio, New York, with three transfer drawings, 1958. Photograph by Jasper Johns. Courtesy Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
12.02.13 /00:01/ 368

Eighteen lines extracted from Flannery O’Connor’s prayer journals, recently published:
1. My mind is fugitive2. …disembodied souls hanging in crystals…3. Contrition in me is largely imperfect.4. My thanksgiving is never in the form of self-sacrifice.5. The love of God is the business of reason, not emotion.6. The nearness of things only comes after death.7. I don’t want to have invented my faith to satisfy my weakness.8. Every virtue must be vigorous.9. The only way to live right is to give up everything.10. I don’t want to be doomed to mediocrity in my feeling for Christ.11. I want to feel. I want to love.12. Hell is our only hope. Without it we are a wasteland.13. The majesty of my thoughts this evening!14. The Protestant has to think. The Catholic to submit15. No one can be an atheist who does not know all things.16. Only God is an atheist.17. The devil is the greatest believer and he has his reasons.18. Today I have proved myself a glutton—for Scotch oatmeal cookies and erotic thought. There is nothing left to say of me.
(These could also work as potential chapter titles for my autobiography There Is Nothing Left To Say of Me by Sufjan Stevens.)
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Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan
10.16.13 /23:20/ 4056

Punctuation Alert: the 1993 Johnny Depp movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape has no question mark. This is news to me. As a declarative statement, the title has something of an “understood” subject (i.e. [This Is] What’s Eating Gilbert Grape…), which suggests a colon (or an ellipsis), followed by an explanation: a convenient list by which to catalog the various omnivorous thing(s) participating in the veritable buffet of Gilbert Grape. (Spoiler alert: it’s a praying mantis.) I never saw this movie because, at the time, I was ideologically opposed to films w/ oppressive Interrogation Points (?) in their titles. I Found Them Very Stressful. Like pop quizzes. And breathalyzer tests. Only twenty years later do I realize Gilbert Grape is not a QUESTION but an ANSWER. Huzzah! The world is abundant.
09.24.13 /15:00/ 438

Two Men Dancing by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1984 For Jan Fabre’s De macht der theaterlijke dwaashedenAlso
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