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cbertsch
cbertsch
Who Writes This Material?
This copy comes from part of the spam I just received:
Out of debt, out of danger. Veranda with her gracious body starts off the scene nice and slow. Thoughts are but dreams till their effects are tried. Her swollen, dripping hole ached for that meat deep inside her for 30 minutes of cruel video! Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power. One weeps not save when one is afraid, and that is why kings are tyrants.
Now I know that the reason for this strange syntax and stranger juxtapositions must lie in an attempt to evade spam filters. Yet, just as I find beauty in those "postmodern" found poems that consist of a list of words with no intrinsic connection, I'm intrigued by several details here: the words "gracious," "cruel," and "err," not to mention the architecturally resonant name "Veranda;" the lone exclamation point; the antiquated sound of, "One weeps not save when one is afraid;" the disjunction between the final sentence and the one preceding it. I think someone should start a library documenting the aesthetic dimension to spam. Indirection is, after all, the foundation of artistic expression.

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Mode: taut, underslept
Muse: the hum of the house

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slanderous From: slanderous Date: June 16th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It seems like something like might come out of a generator, like, you know, the Postmodern Paper Title Generator. (You've seen that one, right?)

It also reads a little bit like some Victorian-era porn.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Maybe Victorian porn is a kind of Postmodern Paper Title Generator!
slanderous From: slanderous Date: June 16th, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Don't give me ideas -- I hate thinking up paper titles!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Me too. Is a colon a copula?
From: ozric_dampierre Date: June 16th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Mel

resonant name veranda suggested veranda porche fusion mag (one of the big 3 of the era with creem and phonograph record) mel lyman who seems to have not been forgotten here http://www.trussel.com/f_mel.htm particularly fascinating is the appearance on the page of guin turner who i now know from her lead role in brit fetish film preaching to the perverted.................
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Mel

Wow! That sight is an amazing labor of love and a testament to the power of the internet to keep the memory of the otherwise forgotten alive for those who care to look. I don't know about "Veranda Porche," though, and a Google look-around turned up nothing. Details?
From: ozric_dampierre Date: June 16th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Mel

in this case verandah has an h~ a name connected to raymond mungo pretty sure verandah porche appears in his book total loss farm http://www.raymondmungo.com/aboutray.htm don't know if crawdaddy founder paul williams still lives in encinitas where he was with cindy lee berryhill.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Mel

Not that Paul Williams, I trust. My history is weak in that area. I can't believe I wrote "sight" for "site." But it was a sight to behold, certainly. So much detail. So many images. Thanks for hipping me to something new to my world.
From: ozric_dampierre Date: June 16th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Mel

not this paul williams http://paulwilliamsconnection.org/paul.htm will add i copied the latin quote from this book where it appears as an epigraph with a translation i left out--joy press does the voice review job http://www.villagevoice.com/books/0522,bpress1,64485,10.html
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Mel

But wouldn't it be great if the two Paul Williams retroactively turned into one?
counter_memory From: counter_memory Date: June 16th, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
what interests me is the nexus of security, commerce, and evasion in these textual artifacts. text generated to subvert one commodity (anti-spam security) to market another. textual play and hacking harnessed to shill prescription drug scams.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes. That's a wonderful way of putting it. I was thinking of you because I enjoy your experiments so much. It's fascinating what the need for indirection and evasion will do.
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: June 17th, 2005 09:37 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! I'm trying to come at this from an Altieri / Adorno angle: problems with a politics (and poetics) of the signifier, instrumental reason, yadda yadda yadda.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: June 16th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Brilliantly stated... I think I might actually go and look at those things now. I normally just delete them all without a glance. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I totally agree. Most of them have little to offer. But some are amazingly strange.
amnesiascope From: amnesiascope Date: June 17th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! This whole subject might make a fascinating article. Maybe an anthology of found spam prose poems?
From: thewhitaker Date: June 16th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not sure it's spam. I think Thomas Pynchon is sending you excerpts from a novel-in-progress.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: June 16th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I thought that's what you were doing with your stories. I'm so confused.
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