Sunday, December 22, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
I'd like to try and tell you what it's like to be stranded in the jungle you call love.. looking at it from another point in time. We live in a period of time that Stephen Jay Gould saw fit to call "the age of bacteria", in which humans are subjugated to the simplicity of contagion. What is most contagious is the desire to know what will kill you and become desensitised to it. Death lives, but only for others, as some cunt or other made out. It was once believed that the love of finery, good living and the indulgence of the senses led to the origin of prostitution in humans. This often reaches excessive heights in Smell and Quim gigs, with figures such as Simon Harris screeching naked flashing strobe lights into the eyes of the audience, Stool Man giving body searches (i.e. feeling them up), while Gillham loads up on the little fellas and squirts blood everywhere.
Gynotikolobomassophilia involves eating out the ear of your loved one, in particular nibbling around the earlobe. While this might seem fairly innocent, it nonetheless forms part of the spectrum of sexual cannibalism that includes phagophilia or vorarephilia (often shortened to “vore“). For the “phag”, sexual desire is only stimulated by eating the object of affection, lending a sinister undertone to supposedly innocuous terms of endearment such as ‘baby cakes’ or ‘honey pie.’ Despite the efforts of scientists such as Gould to downplay the role of sexual cannibalism in the animal kingdom, there is considerable anecdotal evidence contradicting this, demonstrating that there isn’t that much difference between wanting to have sex with someone and wanting to eat them, though it helps if you’re an insect. Queen Elizabeth II might provide the missing link at this point, a reptilian humanoid who allegedly indulges fondly in ritual sacrifice, baby eating and the like, despite the vain efforts of media pundits such as David Icke to put a stop to such antics.
One of my all-time favourite food related stories deals with the origin of the kebab and was developed by Ian, a sometime sergeant stationed in Northern Ireland. Attempting to address the rumours surrounding the growing popularity of kebab meat in the early 80’s and the suspicious minds of the locals and their missing pets, Ian evolved the witless farrago that is the legend of the “kebo.” A mysterious creature, this feckless beast remains obscure to this day, continually waddling unseen in the gloaming around the woodlands of the Shire, between borders and beyond the back. Literally backless, that is, as its spineless, fatty physique was found to be ideal for skewering and roasting on a spit, this revolting, yet strangely cute little creature will forever symbolise the ritualistic, almost spiritual celebration of being OUT OF YOUR TINY MIND.
Monday, September 17, 2018
The Driver's Seat
A Belated 100th Anniversary Special
Mohammed bin Salman, the 'father' of moderate IslamWhile researching the novel that deservedly became her masterpiece, Muriel Spark was holed up in a Catholic hospital in Rome, not far from the Travaterre, famed for its lack of fountains. Lise, the anti-heroine of the novel, also spoke about her preoccupation with violence, a problem she summarised as "a lack of an absence." Her main concern in this novel is with terrorism. Or more specifically, with 'kamikaze' terrorists intent on taking others down with them in their bid to hijack the vague and over-generalised machinations of global politics. (More on that much later)
Islam plays a central part here, with Spark concerned with Lise and her impassioned search for absolute truth; the ineffable nature of desire, belief and last but not least, repulsion have their part here, too. The purity of the latter is what keeps emotions at bay. In fact, the only two emotions of the entire novel appear when Lisa vacillates between "fear and pity, pity and fear" in the final moments. More on those, later ..
Monday, August 21, 2017
Misty Vistula: Economy and Violence in the Writings of Muriel Spa...: Economy and Violence in the Writings of Muriel Spark There is something hypnotic about The Public Image . With the character of Annab...