Selfie: Late April

Abby Normal

Photo: author Stephen Kuusisto mimics Marty Feldman's "Igor" in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein


Compulsory hetero-normativity; compulsory able-bodiedness; patriarchy; dominant whiteness. So many oppressions. So many astonishing human arrangements. Note: I’ve left out religious intolerance. My mistake. There. Ipse dixit. 


Someone always says “it (prejudice) is produced by an insufficiency of language”—you can count on post-structuralists


I remain wary of those who “abstract” power. 


In general sectarian cosmopolitanism isn’t your friend if you hail from a historically marginalized background. 


Still, as Czeslaw Milosz wrote: “mythologies of the unlucky conquer nations”. 


Beware your mythologies. 


The only compulsory principle is late industrial capitalism. “its property, stupid.” 


I will not pretend I reason clearly. 


Post-normativity is an aesthetic idea but meantime, the bio-industrial-genetics industry is picking your pocket. 


“One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” (Nietzsche)


“The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” (Jung)




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