Monday, February 21, 2005

Unwatchable Bodies of Work

Unwatchable Bodies of Work

I am trying to make it through Anatomy of Hell and surprisingly not finding it as outrageous as most people make it out to be (i just had to go to bed early so I could toss and turn for 4 hours). Although I am struck by some of the images - there's just somethings that if you require editing and a body double (which they point out prior to the credits they do) - it becomes fiction and thus intent is always suspect (thus taking away some of the intended shock - making it more unreal). Still - she's the only one who is taking these bold chances in film, and challenging the viewer to (like the character) watch her body which would normally be unwatchable.
Speaking of bodies - I'm starting to go to the gym again - or rather - I'm looking at my backpack full of gym gear and wondering if I should go fork over $40 to join. I am not necessarily hating my body at the moment - but I am doing that thing of catching myself in mirrors and seeing that I could lose a few pounds. I feel that I am unwatchable, but only in bad lighting. I certainly have no aspirations of getting the bulk I once envied in former years (that was truly a waste of time and esteem). I've been walking alot -- trying to get something out of my time spent rambling up and down King street going to and from work. I'm hoping that at least does something...
This brings me to a quote by Kenneth Tynan (whom I recently bought his diaries):
The buttocks are the most aesthetically pleasing part of the body because they are non-functional. Although they conceal an essential orifice, these pointless globes are as near as the human form can ever come to abstract art.

Speaking of - guess I should comment on the passing of "Duke" (i mean, I still own the same ductaped version of "fear and loathing" that I read as a teen - which for obvious reasons was the manual of bad behavior set for peers in Grades K-College), but I won't... Perhaps to say that he was probably the last to have some bit of smoking outrage at politics and power and carry it through his life (his comments on Nixon's death were unsympathetic and blunt). Btw - this is Kenneth Tynan smoking. Not Duke.

I don't know why I chose to run with this photo -other than the fact he's well lit (from a lighting perspective).

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