It is my comic fate to be the writer these traducers have decided I am not. They practice a rather commonplace form of social control: You are not what you think you are. You are what we think you are. You are what we choose for you to be. Well, welcome to the subjective human race. The imposition of a cause’s idea of reality on the writer’s idea of reality can only mistakenly be called “reading.” … Yet every writer learns over a lifetime to be tolerant of the stupid inferences that are drawn from literature and the fantasies implausibly imposed upon it. As for the kind of writer I am? I am who I don’t pretend to be.”
A conversation with Philip Roth.
Though my seven years of doing what I do have nothing on Roth’s nearly seventy, I too intuited the same tyranny of traducers’ attempts at “social control” when I reflected on the learnings of the past seven years:
When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them. You are the only custodian of your own integrity, and the assumptions made by those that misunderstand who you are and what you stand for reveal a great deal about them and absolutely nothing about you.
Djohari, the paragon of feline slinky couture.
olaf breuning sets child-like clouds soaring above central park
image courtesy of public art fund, NY
This week’s contribution is by Kyle Fewell, an illustrator from New York who probably draws some of the best cats on the internet.
His music choices make a nice contrast with the cavalcade of cute cats, girls and food illustrations in his portfolio.
Innumerable Forms - Frozen to Death EP
This is my go to album currently at work. Nice old school death metal sound. ‘Frozen to Death’ and ‘Contaminated’ are the best things on the album.
I’ve been a big fan of Kyle’s work for a long time. It was fun to find out what he listens to. Actually this whole project is turning into an interesting mosaic of people’s preferences. I’m hoping it will only grow more diverse.
This is Jon Gnarr, the mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland. He likes Crass and long walks on the beach. His daughter is exceptionally hot. His political platform had promises of free towels in all swimming pools and a polar bear for the Reykjavík zoo. When he was elected he said that he wouldn’t enter a coalition government with anyone that had not watched the The Wire. I have no idea how such a man has been elected but this is amazing.