November 7th, 2004


Naked Celeb Dream...

Setting is a petrol station in the sticks, It all looks a bit like the end of FIVE EASY PIECES shot through a blue filter. Tracey Emin, a desperate hooker, approaches a man who is about to get into his car. He refuses, and drives off. She and her younger friend, who is leaning against a motorcycle, are penniless. She slumps despairingly against a telephone pole, and her coat falls open, revealing that she's naked, ready for business.Both women weep noisily.
Then there was a really strange saga about being kidnapped and held in a huge underground bunker complex, by a lot of very good-looking youngish blonde people. I think it's a cult of some sort, as despite my protests, they want me to be their 'Jesus', and present me with a huge platinum chain with big aquamarines in it (like, golf-ball sized-) I just don't understand the whole thing, and why all these angelic-looking folk want an outstandingly 'unattractive' person to be their Messiah.Their was a lot more, and it was most peculiar, but I've lost it now. Damn.

Sad to read that Fred Dibnah died. I wasn't a particular fan, but that's another eccentric boffiny person gone...
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Really Weird And Twisted...

All this is very complicated and boring, but started with my remebering an animation called HOOK THE HAWK that scared me as a kid. (The style was very peculiar for the time, and the same artist/studio , who seemed to have a thing about empty, bleeding eye sockets, also produced an even scarier one, showing various people disintegrating in a nuclear blast...)
So, I googled for "Hook" and only found a mention of it in a back issue of LIFE. We got LIFE when I was a kid, and it often had quite edgy, gory pictures. It was generally a real window on the outside world for kids like us, who were so restricted, in many ways. Actually, LIFE was considerd a bit raunchy by the nuns, who didn't approve of it, and I knew kids who weren't allowed to look at it,( although, of course, I wasn't dumb enough to tell my parents they were letting me expose myself weekly to Occasions Of Sin.)
I vividly remember Gordon Park's photo story about Flavio the boy in the Brazilian favella. I thought it looked kind of cool, living in a shack, and my sister even used to play favella with cardboard boxes, etc...
I also seem to remember this bizarre sequence of photos of an execution somewhere, which showed a young Oriental man being sort of crucified, then having his limbs chopped off, one by one. It was pretty graphic, and I can't imagine anything like that appearing in Western media today...Was it real, though, or an especially demented fantasy on my part? I was definitely still in school, so it wouldn't have been any later than about '64. If it was real, where was it (everyone looked Chinese, or similar-) and what the hell was going on?
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