THE BOOK OF JOB
The Job is hard.
Do the Job.
I don’t pretend to know how you don’t understand me.
I don’t understand how you pretend not to know me.
I don’t know how you pretend not to understand me.
I pretend not to understand how you don’t know me.
I understand how you don’t pretend not to know me.
Trolls behind stalking horses: personal bêtes noires. It’s hard to get your bearings when you’re awash in fake mendacity — impressions disguised as opinions, innuendo pretending to be rumor.
Gated Snootery —>
<— Elysian Minefields
Scenic Rout —>
<— Extant Volcano
Beach Retreat —>
“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it. Repeat.” (Jasper Johns, “Notebook”)
“Paul Klee saw drawing as a way of taking a line for a walk.” (Colm Toibin)
“Find the middle tones, lay in the dark accents, and then, finally, the highlights… What’s not indispensable is useless.” (Carolus-Duran, Sargent’s teacher)
“What you see is what you see… A flat surface with paint on it — nothing more.” (Frank Stella)
“Don’t show me your soul. I want to see your foot.” (Balanchine)
(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)