Wednesday, October 19, 2005

porno*

A long time ago, when I was young and stupid**, I wrote something about Francis Bacon and Samuel Beckett. As I worked on it, the casual similarities that inspired the comparison became profound and seemed to require an explanation. I settled on Jungian archetypes.

Have I mentioned this was a long time ago? I wrote it on a typewriter, so give me a fucking break.

I don't know if Frederick Kaufman has mastered WordStar yet, but his Harpers article*** comparing food porn to real porn reeks of the same interpretive desperation. The relevant similarity -- fantasies of control**** -- is real enough that there is no need to resort to the murky explanatory device of our lizard brains, or sphincter***** system, as Kaufman would have it.

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Although it is funny that the Times followed that right up with their soporific Rachel Ray profile.







* Like all good links, courtesy the great-haired muse.

** Yes, now I'm old and stupid. Har.

*** Cf. interview.

**** Also, fantasies of satiety.

***** German word for sphincter is Schließmuskel.

10 Comments:

Anonymous kk said...

Remember when you used to call mom your little schliessmuskel? It was probably about the same time you were writing about Beckett and Bacon.

Thu Oct 20, 06:15:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.ncbuy.com/news/2004-12-03/1011231.html

Fri Oct 21, 01:49:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

this seems as good a place as any to state how greatly i dislike the term "food porn." it's fucking meaningless. actually it has too many meanings. i never have any idea what people mean by it.

indeed i disdain all instances of porn used as a modifier. it typifies a slothful intellect and a lazy attitude with respect to words and their appropriate use.

o wow how haughty was that? i love that i can do that.

Fri Oct 21, 04:15:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

oth, i think this article might support my position that everyday italian and 20 minute meals might be alot better viewing fare if the hostesses made out more and cooked less. (without their shirts on, of course.)

Fri Oct 21, 04:44:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

I'm having a hard time thinking of a show that wouldn't be better with naked chicks making out. If you know what I mean.

Anyway, continuing with our parade of coincidences, Bruce linked this week to a 3 year old Molly O'Neill article about Food Porn which may have been my source for what I consider the legitimate comparison (fantasies of control).

Then Gawker linked to some random blog, calling an acoount of dinner "food porn". I fail to see what is so arousing about a few oysters, a steak at Lupa, and dessert at BR Bakery (although it does sound like a decent meal, barring, of course, the repulsive dirty martinis).

In other words, an excellent example of the abuse of the modifier that so outrages you, in which anything allegedly appealing automatically iterates shaved snatch.

Fri Oct 21, 05:44:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

i have observed the (mis)use of the word in application to a wide variety of subjects eg food porn, garden porn. i believe the perpetrators of this assault on our already too bloodied and bruised language mean something like "eye-candy" or what i would term something pleasant to look at with perhaps an element of the excessive (which of course typifies good old garden variety porn).

o every show could benefit from naked women making out? how about those two fat ladies. remember them?

Fri Oct 21, 06:03:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous DoubleMan said...

What heading does the carrot with a vagina fall under?

Fri Oct 21, 09:28:00 PM GMT  
Blogger sac said...

La D, you'll be pleased to know that I utilize the term "food porn" correctly, only when I'm referring to sticking my penis into food. Which is like every day.

Fri Oct 21, 10:36:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

Then why are you selling the carrot?

Fri Oct 21, 10:39:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

sac, how classique. you have excellent taste -- or taste excellent.

food and penis go together like, like well chateauneuf de pape and the babylonian captivity (or more demotically [and poetically] -- manchego and membrillo eaten with a runcible spoon).

Mon Oct 24, 08:08:00 PM GMT  

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