January 5th, 2001


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about ten years ago, when i was living in tucson, my really good friend steven eye, who created the masks i posted a while back, sponsored an underground artzine called edge. i contributed regularly. this is a piece i wrote about the controversy over the national endowment for the arts' sponsorship of andre serrano and richard mapplethorpe.

do you think they would arrest me if i painted the words "god bless america" on an american flag?

how does jesse helms feel when he sees a painting of the baby jesus with his penis exposed?

does tipper gore know the content of the cartoons and adjacent advertisements that millions of children watch every saturday?

do you think they would arrest me for drawing "god bless america" on an american flag?

what does jesse helms think about cherubs?

does tipper gore watch soap operas?

does she like them?

do tipper and jesse become aroused while viewing recent camel advertisements?

do you think they would arrest me if i cut the words "god bless america" out of an american flag?

does jesse helms approve of paintings of mary nursing the baby jesus?

does he feel guilty because they excite him?

does tipper gore prefer rock videos? or would she rather watch "jane fonda's workout" (fantasy tape of thousands)?

do tipper and jesse make love?

do you think they would arrest me for painting "god bless america" on a painting of an american flag?

does jesse helms understand that western society has been pissing on christ for centuries?

does tipper gore tell her children about sex, or does she leave it up to popular music?

has tipper or jesse ever created anything?

do you think they would arrest me for painting the words "god bless america" on an american flag?

DM '90

another piece i wrote for edge

Why Should My Art Say Anything?

every human being has a duty to care about and care for the earth. this does not mean, however, that when i make a work of art i have to preach social change. art definitely has its place in socio-political activism, but that is not its only function.
the world needs to have beauty with no strings attached. i am, and for the better part of my life have been, an activist for the earth and for humanity. i do not dedicate my whole life to it, but i am involved, i do care. my point is that the world needs more than revolutionaries, more than activists. we need to do more than decry what is wrong with the world, we must also nurture and support what good there is. art must be a mirror to the world, but it must also be a window to possibility and a reminder of beauty. it must make us laugh as well as make us cry. it must force us to see and confront reality, but, and this is equally important, it must provide escape from it. art has many functions, all of them vital. to discount the relevance and validity of one form of art is to demean and weaken all art.

dm 89

whorlpool, this reminded me of you

Pacing The Cage
by bruce cockburn

Sunset is an angel weeping
Holding out a bloody sword
No matter how I squint I cannot
Make out what it's pointing toward
Sometimes you feel like you've lived too long
Days drip slowly on the page
You catch yourself
Pacing the cage

I've proven who I am so many times
The magnetic strip's worn thin
And each time I was someone else
And everyone was taken in
Powers chatter in high places
Stir up eddies in the dust of rage
Set me to pacing the cage

I never knew what you all wanted
So I gave you everything
All that I could pillage
All the spells that I could sing
It's as if the thing were written
In the constitution of the age
Sooner or later you'll wind up
Pacing the cage

Sometimes the best map will not guide you
You can't see what's round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places
Sometimes the darkness is your friend
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage

Pacing the cage

(no subject)

betty (sunshine _two) just called me. she leaves to go back to vancouver tomorrow. she promises to be down for the campout next fall. we'll see. but she did tell me that she went to victorias secret today to buy gotch. now what the hell is gotch, you ask? i guess that's what those odd canadians call their underwear, eh? so is it called victorias gotch? in canada?