|Where are the others?|
|”I have been driven to using huge five-millilitre barrels, fitted with the long, blue-collared needles necessary for hitting arteries. I am very conscious that, should I miss, the consequences for my circulatory system could be disastrous. I might lose a limb and cause tailbacks right the way round the M25. ”|
Will Self: 'Scale'
Japan - Land of Absurd part 11Two years ago, I was still largely unaware of the unwritten rules of Japanese conversations. For instance, when talking to a Japanese, it is considered largely impolite to speak your mind. "Tell people what they want to hear", was an invaluable piece of advice a friend gave me over a cup of tea one afternoon. "Pay them compliments and politely decline theirs. And do not, under any circumstances, say 'no' straight off the bat. Sugarcoat it. Make them see how upset you are to make them upset."Japan - Land of Absurd part 11 by Odeena
Strange as it may seem, Japanese people rarely give a straight answer. Consider, for instance, the following conversation I had to sit through for applying for a work permit at my university's International Affairs division. My question was whether or not I could work legally under my current visa.
Me: I'm here for the work permit.
Clerk: Oh. Oh I see. As you're probably aware, you're a government-sponsored student, and your first and only purpose here is to study. As such, we want
Photo by T. Nilsson. Very 'art school confidential'.|
I share my birthday with Caravaggio, Brigitte Bardot, J.T. Walsh , Janeane Garofalo, Mira Sorvino, Naomi Watts, Dita von Teese, Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Duff. This must mean I'm a genius, right?
"Eroding solidarity paradoxically makes a society more susceptible to the construction of substitute collectives and fascisms of all kinds.”
"I don't want to express alienation. It isn't what I feel. I'm interested in various kinds of passionate engagement. All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up. "
Current Residence: Sweden
deviantWEAR sizing preference: same as Schwartzenegger
Favourite genre of music: Industrial, suicidal
Favourite photographer: Paul Seawright, Diane Arbus, etc.
Favourite style of art: Depressing, surreal
Operating System: MacBook Pro, yey!
MP3 player of choice: Creative ZenSTONE
Wallpaper of choice: KMFDM
Favourite cartoon character: Dan Clowes' Pogeybait
Personal Quote: "Is that a face in the window?"