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Alan Bajandas

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The Open Face Sandwich, 1

4.48 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2008
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4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2010
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Paul Virilio
“With the industrial proliferation of visual and audiovisual prostheses and unrestrained use of instantaneous-transmission equipment from earliest childhood onwards, we now routinely see the encoding of increasingly elaborate mental images together with a steady decline in retention rates and recall. In other words we are looking at the rapid collapse of mnemonic consolidation. This collapse seems only natural, if one remembers a contrario that seeing, and its spatio-temporal organization, precede gesture and speech and their coordination in knowing, recognizing, making known (as images of our thoughts), our thoughts themselves and cognitive functions, which are never ever passive.”
Paul Virilio, The Vision Machine

Franz Kafka
“A First Sign of the Beginning of Understanding is the Wish to Die.”
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Charles Bukowski
“Great art is horseshit, buy tacos.”
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Thomas Bernhard
“Art altogether is nothing but a survival skill, we should never lose sight of this fact, it is, time and again, just an attempt -- an attempt that seems touching even to our intellect -- to cope with this world and its revolting aspects, which, as we know, is invariably possible only by resorting to lies and falsehoods, to hyprocrisy and self-deception, Reger said. These pictures are full of lies and falsehoods and full of hypocrisy and self-deception, there is nothing else in them if we disregard their often inspired artistry. All these pictures, moreover, are an expression of man's absolute helplessness in coping with himself and with what surrounds him all his life. That is what all these pictures express, this helplessness which, on the one hand, embarasses the intellect and, on the other hand, bewilders the same intellect and moves it to tears, Reger said.”
Thomas Bernhard, Old Masters: A Comedy

Thomas Bernhard
“Everyone, he went on, speaks a language he does not understand, but which now and then is understood by others. That is enough to permit one to exist and at least to be misunderstood.”
Thomas Bernhard, Gargoyles

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message 8: by W.B.

W.B. Hi at your avatar with the speech balloon!

Thanks for the commentary.

I LOVE your selection of quotes.

Very irreverent and sharp and sort of immortal.

And I just joined the Taco Bell group lol.

For just that reason.


message 7: by Pony

Pony and you know you love karen.

message 6: by Pony

Pony why listen here, sassquatch: although, as you allege, i have not myself read the words on the pages of nightwood, so many portions of it have, at my request, been read at me for years now that - fuck thineself good sir, check thine prostate - i feel fit enough to say that i love that book. and voili voilou voilà. it's the only book like that, anyway, and i've read all the others that i say i have. now wait here: by these standards that you seem to want to apply, i haven't actually read ulysses or the other books that thomas and i took turns reading to each other. this is a slippery slope that you've lubed up, dear.

message 5: by Pony

Pony i need good translations of:
.1. victor hugo - '93

.2. émile zola - la fortune des rougon

.3. TBD. maybe fleabert's sentimental eddycation. maybe alexandre dumas (père) - the count of monte cristo. that's a crowd pleaser. they both cover roughly the same time period. they're both fucking excellent.

.4. . i was thinking vallès' the insurgent (l'insurgé), but the more i stare at it, the more i think that undergrads will hate it and they'll think that the paris commune sucks, even though it is so beyond fucking cool. and 1871 is my favorite year, so that would make me sad. what do you think? do you think they would be into l'insurgé? could i teach them to like it? reading it requires a lot of historical knowledge, which is the point, but they'd be reading in chronological order, which puts this last. can they handle it?

message 4: by Tara

Tara Blosser happy birthday + 1! i tried calling you but i dunno if i have the correct #....... ;)

message 3: by Alan

Alan NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Josh. Delete. Delete! Return to the light. Fuck widgets. Palpatine will only roast you with lightening when your open source coding comes out buggy.

I just now saw this comment. What's happening? Coming to nyc anytime? Still gainfully unemployed? I just got roped into a proofing job by my dubious, half-assed desire to pay rent, after coming off several months of the same, oh glorious sloth, oh virtuous vice.

Josh wrote: "Damn it all. I am barely on here anymore, brother. I miss you. I've chosen the dark side and started a Facebook page. The official Facebook page of myself. You on there?"

message 2: by Pony

Pony i'd like to amend the quote somewhat to: "bukowski's writing is horseshit, buy tacos."

message 1: by Pony

Pony i'm gonna fake-marry the shit outta both of you.

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