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Friday, October 20, 2006

Dept of Truth

posted by on October 20 at 11:30 AM

1. Last night, I saw mockumentary, the dance/video/music spectacular by locust at On the Boards. Because I have friends in the show, I’ll leave the opining to others. But I will say this: It is loud. It is energetic. And it settles the long-standing debate about whether zombies are capable of love. (They are.)

2. During intermission, someone pointed out that my profile of Genius Award-winner Jennifer Zeyl contains an embarrassing factual error: “WET mounted the first full version of [Crave], Sarah Kane’s experimental play, which had been directed all over the world as a chamber piece to be read, not acted.” That someone was Sean Ryan, who directed a 2002 production of Crave, which I actually saw. Twice! He didn’t ask, but seemed to want to ask: How could you have forgotten? Here is an explanation (not an excuse): Sometimes, for me, writing a story is like walking into a new house. And I get so lost in exploring that house, I forget things, important things, about the outside world. It shouldn’t have happened. I feel stupid. I’m sorry.

3. On my way home from the theater, one of two middle-aged men in matching blue jeans and bright t-shirts with stacks of CDs stopped me on the sidewalk, said a loud hello, and held out a CD for me to take. I reached out, he pulled it back: “I will sell it to you.” I said I didn’t have any money on me. He then made three assertions, two true, one not true: “You do have money for this CD [not true]. You just like to get things for free [true], white man [also true].”

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I hate that guilt-tripping BS where they hand you a CD, you start to take it, and then they tell you it's for sale. Why would I want to buy a CD when I have no idea what the hell it is? It's not like the idea of people handing out free CDs is completely unheard of (hell, the music press and radio are completely sustained by the practice).

Sorry, I just needed to get that off my chest, because I am too chicken to say anything when it happens in real life.

Posted by Levislade | October 20, 2006 11:53 AM

Why would anyone want a CD from some dude on the street even if it WAS free?

Posted by Fnarf | October 20, 2006 11:57 AM

I agree with Fnarf.
I've never had this happen to me. What an asshole.

Posted by him | October 20, 2006 12:29 PM

Hmmm, yeah and the bigger "organized" panhandlers are picking up on the guilt trips. Day before yesterday a guy either promoting Greenpeace or Save the Children by Westlake was trying to get my attention/stop me by shouting come talk to the black man repeatedly in lesser volumes as I approached, of course. But instead ot trying to make me feel guilty for not stopping/talking/or giving because I was on a schedule/tired/poor/suspicious ... it became a skewed racial encounter.

I want to be able to wear a shirt that says No Soliciting so that I can sue anyone that speaks to me. Unfortunately that would just illicit far more inappropriate comments of an entirely different nature.

Posted by Nay | October 20, 2006 1:37 PM

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