She has no name, and refers to herself by antonomasias such as the Historian, the Writer, the Seer … She is seeking the places of her pre-pup life and, perhaps even more important, she’s pursuing echoes of her native dialect. She is visited by different versions of the same dream. She meets a man called Matteo, they talk and then they experience an epiphany, an illumination: the word «Arzèstula», which evokes the very little bird it designates. Gert-from-the-Well appeared and told us: “Omnia still sunt communia! Just ask the kids at Sussex! I can help you, if you bring me back to life!” A random mutation turned this Golden Delicious apple half-red, half-green. There’s something to mining homilies and off-color wackola copying, imitating, replicating for the evening drive. The cubicle is in your head; foam under rush-formatted steam. You take the wheel, officer. You’ve now passed the second-cousin stage of wretchedness. You’re good to go on and sever a head from the vines. Ta da. What was most surprising though, was that these substances had chemically reacted with one another to create a completely new combination
a hybrid compound with completely unknown properties. The Chris Dorner manhunt is on tv. The man is hiding in a cabin, or he’s dead in the cabin, or he was never in the cabin, no one knows, but the cabin’s been burning all day. I’ve been sitting watching the smoke rise and the time pass and the light change on the trees. And I’m reading John Olson’s “Things To Do When I Don't Feel Like Doing Anything”, which seems apropos, and which includes things like “Order a penis size enhancer for everyone in the neighborhood”, and “Get drunk on utter futility”, and “Count the number of times my upstairs neighbor coughs, who is now into her third solid week of coughing.” “Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point, pass into qualitative changes.” I mean, it’s one thing to say, “We understand that there will be innocent children who will die because of this kind of warfare, but we must employ all available means to secure American lives and interests.” And all another to say as Brennan speaking for the Obama administration did, “there hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.” When in fact, there have been many. What does it say that it’s both Darwin’s and Max Beckmann’s birthday? Votive #4 (Getty Aphrodite) is also sculpture based. It was drawn was drawn from an earthquake massing study the Getty made of an Aphrodite statue, one the museum was forced to repatriate.
[Note: Sources: “An interview with Wu Ming 1 on his short story «Arzéstula», #OWS and a few other things”, at Wu Ming Foundation, 1 Dec 011 (Arzéstula = “ferrarese for Great Tit”); Wikipedia article on Wu Ming (re the forthcoming English translation of their novel Altai); JBR, out of Thomas Müntzer, and the anti-privatization occupation at Sussex University; Nicola Twilley, “The Tree with the Apple Tattoo”, at Edible Geography, 12 Feb 013; Jack Kimball, “There’s something to mining …”, “State of Our Union”, at Pantaloons, 11 & 12 Feb 013; Vaughan Bell, “Synthetic highs are mutating”, at Mind Hacks, 12 Feb 012; JBR; John Olson’s “Things To Do When I Don't Feel Like Doing Anything”, at Tillalala Chronicles, 12 Feb 012; Karl Marx, Capital, as quoted in Karl Steel, “Having to Stretch, Having Room: A Voyage of Brendan Lesson”, at In the Middle, 12 Feb 013; JBR; Ta-Nehisi Coates, “The Excellent Age of No-Fuss Drones and Remarkable War”, as seen at wood s lot, 12 Feb 013; JBR; Geoff Tuck, “Sean Townley ‘The Mocking Hand’ at Night Gallery”, at Notes on Looking, 12 Feb 013]