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How can a naked man run past curfew the streets without living?

Tag: inspiration

at the mill with slaves

I concede – would rather be named 14763 than a silly unpronounceable thing of romanised ‘asiatic language’. And really, i would rather not be named at all. I would like to be raised with fifty million other cherubs in a petri dish, produced by whirring machinery or rows of birthmothers strapped to daises in a clean production line, timed screams, timed labour, babies popping like popcorn to a cosmic manmade rhythm. I should be crammed with organic logic – i would be breathed into life from a first body – the first  achiever of everything, i the machine evaluated every five minutes, battery checks and math. I would like to be stencilled into a character, well-oiled, the flesh concession to a world carved from itself – the brain turned against and into tiny metal canisters, transistors and lawful jetpacks. Bad faith will become the natural state, everything will be told what to do, we will relinquish ourselves and be incapable of fear or dysphoria, we will have no choices to pretend to make, or even lives to live – for this beautiful earth is too sublime to be life. We should pass into objects and out of objects, never having lived and never really dead, stark chance combinations, manufactured atomic algorithms, random, real.
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Bravely, I aimed at utopia. And missed.

eight abstractions

/lucid drawings/

/lucid drawings/

[blind drawing experiment, done to randomly chosen words from The Devil’s Dictionary; Ambrose Bierce ]

  1. Academy, n. A modern school where football is taught.
  2. Cat, n. A soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
  3. Cabbage, n. A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.
  4. Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men and women and children acting the fool.
  5. Envelope, n. The coffin of a document; the scabbard of a bill; the husk of a remittance; the bed-gown of a love-letter.
  6. Ink, n. A villainous compound…chiefly used to facilitate the infection of idiocy and promote intellectual crime. The properties of ink are peculiar and contradictory: it may be used to make reputations and unmake them; to blacken them and to make them white.
  7. Abdomen, n. The temple of the god Stomach, in whose worship, with
    sacrificial rights, all true men engage. From women this ancient
    faith commands but a stammering assent. They sometimes minister at
    the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence
    for the one deity that men really adore they know not. If woman had a
    free hand in the world’s marketing the race would become
    graminivorous.
  8. Abridge, v.t. To shorten.
    When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for
    people to abridge their king, a decent respect for the opinions of
    mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
    them to the separation.  Oliver Cromwell