Monday, June 21, 2010

Pregame: Why Fifteen Minutes Isn't Long Enough

Some would say my turn at Andy Warhol's "15 Minutes of Fame" has long been over, and perhaps they are right. But I think Warhol would have amended his 1968 allotment in this, the so-called Internet Age, where time is warped in freaky and unpredictable ways: some people never grow old, while new wrinkles on other faces are daily scrutinized; news stories can last 10 seconds or 10 years; and a woman, when publicly declared a whore or a criminal, is branded such for a very long time, regardless of the truth of the charge.

And so, here we are: Finkelstein once again "drawing attention" to herself, with apologies to Warhol for re-calculating his prophecy. All pretensions aside, though, I do believe I have something more to say. I want to contribute freely to the ongoing conversation in the electronic town square; I want to shout in the voice I was forced to check during my persecution -- uh, prosecution; I want to declare my love for sex and baseball and the patchwork remains of everything else in the way that artists have always needed to. And, in an attempt once again to convince myself that English is a perfectly good subject to major in, I close this prologue with a quote from Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass":

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.

Now, onto the good stuff!
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  1. " the way that artists have always needed to."


  2. Keep them coming, Susan, and don't stop!

  3. Your fine style of writing - I think sets the record straight.

    Even though the law could argue being suave doesnt give you privileges - I think by explaining yourself more, youre earning loads of much needed camaraderie and respect.

    Its not what happens to you, but what you do about it that matters. Great job...

  4. Such a shame in our near Taliban-like hypocracy (for men) and puritanism (for women) that police waste their time on trying to stop people from harmless pursuit of happiness.

  5. What a shame our hypocritical, puritanical society actually arrests and prosecutes people for harmless pursuit of happiness. Not too much different than the Taliban.

  6. hot look great sweetie. wish i could taste you