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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
The news that Barry Bonds is continuing to work out with childhood friend Greg Anderson, at the center of the BALCO steroid controversy, will surely have many people saying that it's another sign of Bonds's corruptness. Personally, I'm inclined to regard it as another brilliant rhetorical move. Unless the government is able to nail Bonds to the wall with clear proof that he knew he was lying during the grand jury investigation, the real battle is over his reputation. Things look bleak now. But breaking with Anderson would look a hell of a lot worse in my estimation than continuing to train with him as if the investigation were irrelevant. I write this as a huge Bonds fan who wants to see him back on the field, but also as someone who recognizes that the whole scandal is less about sports than it is about posturing.

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Muse: Ende Neu (Panacea Mix) - Einsturzende Neubauten - Ende Neu Remixes

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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)


Should "self-reflexivity" [textual or rhetorical] "be left off the hook"? Barry Bonds = Leni Riefenstahl. You admire the formal genius, the finely worked mechanics of the (kin)aesthetic performance, the way the labor of it drapes the skin of the corpus.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: April 10th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: excess

That's a really helpful equation, the sort that I wouldn't have seen because it's like the infamous letter in plain view. Not only does Riefenstahl's work in Olympia and after the war do interesting, troubling things with the black male body, her mode of dealing with criticism is, as you suggest, very similar to the on Bonds deploys. I'm inclined to push things further here and inquire whether taking performance-enhancing substances to improve one's body of work isn't a less extreme example of what Riefenstahl did in letting the Nazis fund her art which, for all its propagandistic content, stil counts as "art" in my estimation.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 10th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: excess

I meant a couple things, I suppose:

1) BB's relation to his body = LR's relation to her film (as you say).

2) Your relation to BB is the same as your relation to LR. Things you like in both:

a) the privileging of the value of the work (of art) as work (of art) over the question of morality.

b) defiance (of, in both cases, moralism)

3) But if the time has come to think--as Sin City makes you do--of the limitations of an instinctive privileging of form, then what does that do for your relation to B(l)onds(ie)?

Doing my taxes....
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