Louis Vuitton goes all glam and genderqueer, I love it!
RICHIE INCOGNITO IS ZEUS THE WHITE BULL AND JONATHAN MARTIN IS FERDINAND THE BULL
blackbunny The Minotaur myth & bulls are perfect 4 our piece —- on the simple basis that it is re: bull(ying). Am so dumb (as we know) — it just now hit me!
pinkbunny Are you saying that the Greek myths are bull? As in made up to suit the current storyteller or prevailing paradigm?
blackbunny U R thinking deeper than me. Just thought the Minotaur myth & all its tributaries R so filled w/ “bull” — literally. The beautiful White Bull that Poseidon sends 2 King Minos & eventually fathers the Minotaur; the Marathonian Bull who kills Androgeus & whom Theseus L8r captures; Zeus disguises himself as a gentle white bull 4 the purpose of abducting Europa who L8r gives birth 2 Minos & his (2) bros; & then, of course, there’s the half-bull Minotaur himself.
pinkbunny Bull bull bull bull, oy that is a strong strong symbol. Interesting too, because Richie Incognito is kind of built like a white bull. His head is a cue ball and he’s all, I don’t know, stout, wide. Bulls are stout wide versions of cows. Maybe Jmart was a kind of cow.
blackbunny Think JMart (Jonathan Martin) is more like Ferdinand the Bull.
pinkbunny Oh a cute sweet bull, rather than a bitch. Oy, see what happens when you listen to sports talk radio all day long. That was unexpurgated.
blackbunny Sportstalk is a scourge of the mind. — Homer (Simpson)
pinkbunny Does Homer use words like scourge?
pinkbunny oh, Homer. I see the connection.
blackbunny Sportstalk is the reason we lost Paradise in the ninth [inning]. — Milton (1608-1674)
pinkbunny You made this up, right?
blackbunny Um, kinda. Milton did write “Paradise Lost” & I think God is probably more of a baseball fan than anything. Yep, he’s an Angels fan.
Finnish stamp to honor Tom of Finland: http://nyti.ms/Rmbj5O. According yo Slate.com, “stamps will be self-adhesive and ‘therefore require no licking.’”
Image source: http://tomoffinlandfoundation.org
Letter Written On A Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound
Anne Sexton, reads Letter Written On A Ferry While Crossing Long Island SoundDearest,although everything has happened,nothing has happened
my internet connection has touched places of my heart that no man has yet discovered
A GENDER VARIANT INTERPRETATION OF EVE OR, HOW TO BECOME AN ACADEMIC STAR
pinkbunny I’m submitting my Shadow Temple piece to a genderqueer conference in Manitoba so I made an appointment to see Terry to help me out. The only time she can see me is 2:30pm tomorrow. So I’ll have time for a half hour lunch with you tomorrow after we write but we’ll miss out on a queen seondeok screening :O(
blackbunny Oh waaaaah, but the Queen can wait. It’s fantastic that U R submitting! MayB schedule the Boi Queen 4 another night?
pinkbunny Oy, I’m deeply upset. I’m gonna go ahead with the appointment with Terry but the deadline for actually submitting papers was March 1st, not April 15th as i thought :O((((((((( That’s a very sad bunny with many double chins.
blackbunny Am sorry re: the sad news. However, since “gender studies” is a hot topic, these days there will no doubt B another conference 2 submit 2. U could also just go ahead & submit & acknowledge the oversight on yr part. The reason why there’s such an advanced submission deadline prior 2 the day of is 2 ensure panel respondents have plenty of time 2 read & consider their response 2 the papers & panelists. Yr piece is nowhere as long as the papers on these panels. U might B able 2 wiggle yr way in or, go 2 the conference & make connections, there.
Though I warn U sometimes a conference turns out 2 B more a place where people Xchange shop-talk or job-talk than theory & ideas. Rather people R more interested in where U teach, what position or power U hold at the university & whether U can help them further their career in academia, either thru funding or a job further up the food-chain. Academics I’ve learned are an ambitious bunch & some are not all that interested in the pursuit of knowledge.
I think it would B very funny if U (or we) did go 2 one of these as professor(s) of a made-up university w/ cards that look very official &, well, U can see where M going w/ this performance piece! The university has become increasingly corporate in the way it treats its faculty & students are merely viewed as consumers … So this is more abt the corporatization of the world at large & the extent 2 which everything has become commodified, including learning & “knowledge” (even here there are realms that remain 4bidden, suppressed — gender studies — I’m sure is one).
Am now thinking a drag queen as Eve should show up w/ a live snake & apples 2 hand out at one of these conferences …
Actually, the quickest way 2 get on the academic circuit is 2 become a (social) media phenomenon yrself. Is there some way we can dramatize or construct a non-traditional narrative based on yr non-fiction & then post it on Utube? Then U will become someone academics write abt — just as Ron has become. After all, U R a writer & an artist, expressing what few dare 2 express or are even aware of … Making sense?
Am all for disruption in any creative way — save terrorism. (Un4tun8ly, it took 9/11 to prove that anything can B turned N2 art. Karlheinz Stockhausen called it a “creative act” but, as Robert Fitz claims in his blog, the composer was horribly misquoted in the news, the reporter having omitted that Stockhausen attributed the act to “Lucifer (the devil)” & in Fitz’s words:
"What he actually said was that 9/11 was Lucifer’s greatest work of art. He was talking about evil in the world, and that evil’s works of art are destructive in nature.")
pinkbunny Thank you for your long and thoughtful response. I particularly like this conference because it’s for academos, writers, & performers.
Guerrilla performances in Manitoba should get us some play I would think. Did they have bananas in Eve’s day? We could get phallic while we’re at it. Maybe she was the original f2m. Certainly the two of them had to be intersexed, right? They might not let us back across the border or they’ll deport us. A win-win either way.
I guess I could submit an abstract or the piece itself. Let’s talk about it tomorrow. I could perform my deep sadness and see if that works.
blackbunny Occurs 2 me that the snake (allegedly) or serpent (“the subtlest beast of all the field” as in Milton’s “Paradise Lost”) —- often thought as symbolizing “sexual passion” (Judaic) or the kundalini (Hindu) or Satan, Lucifer, the devil (Christian) or just bad-ass evil (Milton’s Satan takes possession of the serpent’s body while it snoozes) —- bears some semblance 2 a phallus, already. Did Eve have 2 sacrifice, cast-off this part of herself (“sexual passion,” the kudalini) — a part known 2 possess a mind of its own — 2 B Adam’s companion, his mate but not his equal — but to B gender #2 (aren’t two holes better than one?) to his gender #1 as depicted in the Judeo-Christian & Islamic religions?
Clearly, something as powerful as sexual desire & abandon will not slip away quietly unless it were a snake — hence, the trade-off: Eve loses her phallus but gains a brain (the awareness that she & Adam are separate from one another & from God — the makings of identity — & a budding grasp of free will); Adam gets the girl but loses his all-expenses paid accommodations at Club Paradise; & God just loses his temper & some fruit (it’s the apple in Milton) from the Tree of Knowledge while the Tree of Life remains perfectly intact. Yet the losses mount as the beguiling snake (whose motivation is envy)* loses its limbs as punishment, cursed 2 forever remain w/ his (or her) belly closest to the ground. It slithers off into the wild grasses as Adam & Eve are evicted from the Garden of Eden.
* But who does the snake envy? & why? (20 extra credit points)
d) a and b, but not c
e) b and c, but not a
f) a, b, and c
As for the cause of Satan’s envy, you’re on your own.
blackbunny Addendum: The Tree of Knowledge’s full correct title is The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
image: Paradise (detail) by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1530)
RIP our co-founder and longtime friend Peter Matthiessen. We are honored to have known him and will miss him dearly.
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Pictured: Matthiessen with Paris Review co-founders William Styron, Tom Guinzburg, and George Plimpton.