by Tim Richmond
bromide fibre print, November 1988
11 1/8 in. x 11 in. (281 mm x 280 mm)
Ethereal, tiny, quixotic, Icelandic Björk.
At some point in the past, someone stuck a camera in front of her face and told her to explain television. She does, sort of, referring to the circuit board as a kind of city, describing the almost-reasonable theory of an Icelandic poet, and concluding that a “Danish book” contained the scientifical truth that let her enjoy TV again.
Look, you just have to watch it. It’s transcendent.
Source: The Atlantic
1. Get enough food to eat,
and eat it.
2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet,
and sleep there.
3. Reduce intellectual activity and emotional noise
until you arrive at the silence of yourself,
and listen to it.
All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel…. Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.
No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
Blah blah blah sick of psychiatric-incarceration-for-delusion tropes in SFF blah blah.
Just once I wish it wouldn’t be ‘She’s not crazy! It’s all real!’
Just once, I wish it would be ‘Yeah, she’s totally crazy! AND it’s all real!’
x-files is kind of ALL ABOUT THIS, for what it’s worth. (soph i know you’ve seen x-files but it’s worth mentioning.)
the crazy people and people who have nonstandard perceptions are always right; even mulder and scully are more likely to be right when they’re being crazier. (furthermore, in the MOTWs, disabled characters in general are more likely to perceive the fucked-up things going on.)
i guess this could run the risk of romanticizing, in a kind of ~mental illness broadens your perceptions~ way, but x-files is so clear and detached and horrorful that it doesn’t. like, crazy people are still kind of ruined by being crazy. and it’s not helpful to them to be right about things, and it’s never presented as ‘they see the truth so they’re not crazy’. like, even if craziness is a ‘reasonable’ response to an insane world, in this universe it’s still presented as unreasonable in that in renders people totally unable to function. like real life.
in support of this insight, let me cite as an example my favourite trauma monster-of-the-week episode, 3x08 “oubliette”! the woman in the episode has terrifying, life-disrupting flashback-like episodes when the man who abused her abuses another girl. she knows better than any of the investigators what is happening to the missing girl, who has taken her and where, but the information is not available to her at first in an articulable way, which leads most of the investigators to dismiss her as crazy unrelated to the case at hand. mulder helps her untangle the horrifying jumble that her flashbacks present to her as, a little bit, enough that they can use the information to find the missing girl. the last flashback kills her. there was nothing “healing” about learning the real nature of the flashbacks; there was no such thing as “recovering” from either the original trauma or the present experience of being disabled by the aftereffects of the trauma. that’s it. that’s the end.
Welcome to Night Vale 8: The Lights in Radon Canyon
Danny Schmidt - This Too Shall Pass
Get it here: dannyschmidt.com
edit: It used to cut off around the third verse. It’s now fixed.
so Satellite High’s "The Bus Is Late" is my favorite weather report, but this one’s way up there.
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