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Monday, October 20, 2008

Tyger! Tyger!

posted by on October 20 at 14:36 PM

It’s not my critics that matter; it’s my supporters, one of whom just sent me a link to these incredible images:
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My supporter, Martin, wrote:

Hello Charles,
Long time reader and admirer. I saw this photo today, and thought that it is definitely something you should see:
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Yes, yes, it is something I should see. But wait a minute. Don’t go there! Don’t go to where my critics have already landed. This has nothing to do with sex. Nothing to do with some cheap, psychological reading of what’s darkly happening in this summer swimming pool (the tiger as a form of compensation or a phallic something or other). What we see is not a type of sex but a type of attitude.

Let’s think about these images in the light of this splendid story:

The dwelling place of the maiden [Gretchen] whom [the German man] had long been courting without success stood on the bank of some lake or other, and there she would be every evening sitting on her balcony and doing two things at once: knitting a stocking and enjoying the view. My German [man] being sick of the futility of his pursuit finally devised an unfailing means whereby to conquer the heart of his cruel Gretchen. Every evening he would take off his clothes, plunge into the lake and, as he swam there, right under the eyes of his beloved, he would keep embracing a couple of swans which had been specially prepared by him for that purpose. I do not quite know what those swans were supposed to symbolize, but I do know that for several evenings on end he did nothing but float about and assume pretty postures with his birds under that precious balcony.

Nabokov used this story to illustrate the essence or condition of the Russian word “poshlost ,” which means super cheesy. One could also illustrate the Russian word with these wet women and their wet tigers.

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1

too meta

Posted by Non | October 20, 2008 2:29 PM
2

Charles is so great.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 20, 2008 2:37 PM
3

That chick with the tiger is hot.

Sure wish she was topless in that pic.

Posted by Frank Sinclair | October 20, 2008 2:47 PM
4

Um, OK, so we're not supposed to read anything into the phrase "wet women and their wet tigers".

Uh-huh. The only thing that could have been better for you would have been tigers and Amanda Knox.

Posted by P to the J | October 20, 2008 2:49 PM
5

@4 I would imagine that if he ever discovered a picture of a scantily-clad Amanda Knox reading the Communist Manifesto, Charles would never leave the bathroom.

Posted by Hernandez | October 20, 2008 2:54 PM
6

Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast
You change your passion for glory
Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past
You must fight just to keep them alive

Chorus:
It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight
Risin' up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

Face to face, out in the heat
Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry
They stack the odds 'til we take to the street
For we kill with the skill to survive

chorus

Risin' up, straight to the top
Have the guts, got the glory
Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop
Just a man and his will to survive

chorus

The eye of the tiger...

Posted by Survivor | October 20, 2008 3:10 PM
7

Itís not my critics that matter; itís my supporters

Who knew Charles and Sarah Palin thought so much alike?

Posted by Matt | October 20, 2008 3:49 PM
8

nice break from Miss Amanda. Thanks!

Posted by jackseattle | October 20, 2008 5:08 PM
9

Statistically improbable that the "trainers" are all women in scant swim togs.

Posted by Luisita Ph.D. | October 20, 2008 5:57 PM
10

"They've found that in the water people and tigers are on a more equal footing."

That is the new best non-sequitur ever.

Posted by Greg | October 20, 2008 6:55 PM
11

Keep going, Charles. You're doing great.

Posted by Charles supporter | October 20, 2008 8:12 PM
12

i'm one of your critics...but its not cause i think you are obsessed with sex. its cause i think these posts of yours are just weird, pointless, awkward, stupid, confusing, juevenile, and pretentious.
extremely pretentious.

you're just really confusing and nerdy. and thats a little more annoying than horny.

Posted by princess | October 21, 2008 2:14 AM
13

@11 is right. dog it's awful to have read a continual stream of posts one finds annoying, dumb, chaotic etc. charles is almost as bad as that susanunpc charatter someone keeps raving about like an obsessed madman.

Posted by PC | October 21, 2008 6:15 AM

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