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Back in the time of which I am speaking, due to our Coordinators had mandated us, we had all seen that educational video of "It's Yours to Do With What You Like!" in which teens like ourselfs speak on the healthy benefits of getting off by oneself and doing what one feels like in terms of self-touching, which what we learned from that video was, there is nothing wrong with self-touching, because love is a mystery but the mechanics of love need not be, so go off alone, see what is up, with you and your relation to your own gonads, and the main thing is, just have fun, feeling no shame!"
posted by semmi (21 comments total)

 
Anyone else of the opinion that copy machine out-putting non-native English speakers in fiction is a trend worthy of being sent to Coventry provincial town English?
posted by skellum at 5:28 PM on January 22, 2003


that was some of the most horribly awkward english i have ever read.
posted by Hammerikaner at 5:31 PM on January 22, 2003


George Saunders is a genius - one of his stories, Pastoralia, which also appeared in the New Yorker, has to be the funniest thing I've read. Trust me: this man is allowed to use English any way he wants.
posted by stonerose at 5:48 PM on January 22, 2003


Hmm, kind of reminds me of Anthony Burgess' Nadsat dialect from a Clockwork Orange, only less good.
posted by thedude256 at 5:52 PM on January 22, 2003


Hear hear. Saunders is brilliant beyond brilliant. Every piece of his writing is like a step into some insane yet logical world that is completely formed but as yet nonexistent. Check out his last piece in the New Yorker, which did the advertising-just-for-you-in-context idea better than Minority Report and added in a bit of Ben Katchor-esque wistful nostalgia just for good measure. Inspiring, frightening and hilarious.
posted by notclosed at 5:52 PM on January 22, 2003


Ouch.

Full stop, man, full stop!
posted by IshmaelGraves at 6:04 PM on January 22, 2003


semmi, thank you! I absolutely loved this.
posted by madamjujujive at 6:07 PM on January 22, 2003


Wow, that was really good. Nice post, semmi.
posted by GriffX at 6:22 PM on January 22, 2003


Very cool story. It reminded me of the Giver in some ways.
posted by Keyser Soze at 6:49 PM on January 22, 2003


Reminds me of a lot of things, the work of Jonathan Lethem (LI 413... um nevermind) being one of them. I really, really liked this.
posted by wobh at 7:02 PM on January 22, 2003


Totally great, even dig the writing style, it reads like thinking but better.
posted by kevspace at 7:14 PM on January 22, 2003


Check out his last piece in the New Yorker, which did the advertising-just-for-you-in-context idea...

Here (via).
posted by eddydamascene at 7:27 PM on January 22, 2003


eddydamascene - thanks for the link. I read "My Flamboyant Grandson" when it was in the magazine, but had forgotten all about it.
posted by GriffX at 7:59 PM on January 22, 2003


Not to be too picky but next time, maybe printer friendly?
It should always be the preferred link.
posted by y2karl at 8:48 PM on January 22, 2003


. . . printer friendly? It should always be the preferred link.

That strikes me as odd. Why would I prefer to view the printer-friendly version of something that I'm, by nature of the medium in which it's presented, looking at on-screen? Did I miss a memo?
posted by vraxoin at 10:52 PM on January 22, 2003


I loved this. It makes me feel like when you look around and everything is in black and white and dull like an old movie, but then you drink the Tropicana orange juice and then suddenly everything is bright and fun (LI 76543), like on MTV and you remember that life really is worth living. You know?

Thanks mucho, semmi!
posted by taz at 2:49 AM on January 23, 2003


I was expecting to hate this, not being a fan of dialect writing, but it turned out to be an amazingly good story.

Thanks!

(Reminds me of what happens when I spend a few hours fine-tuning Spam filters right before bedtime, when Amazing Herbal Remedies help me sleep so that I can Work From Home and make millions that I won't need because Chief Paul Obi is going to send me Six Million United States Dollars as soon as I submit the necessary paperwork, and then I'll be able to Reduce my Debt, Find Out Anything About Anyone, and Look Younger and Lose Weight, because after all, Size Does Matter.)
posted by mmoncur at 3:32 AM on January 23, 2003


i was totally confused by this at first. i thought it was some 5-10 year old kids' writing competition! very good though.

fans of this should check out james kelman's translated accounts, which is brilliant so far (although i haven't finished it yet).
posted by nylon at 5:40 AM on January 23, 2003


A sleepaway camp for teenagers, covered wall to ceiling in product advertisements, and tended by old men with a vested interest in brainwashing their charges?

Sounds like college.
posted by AAAA at 12:52 PM on January 23, 2003


Why would I prefer to view the printer-friendly version of something that I'm, by nature of the medium in which it's presented, looking at on-screen?

Um, because it's easier to read that way on-screen?
posted by y2karl at 3:08 PM on January 23, 2003


Bizarre and fascinating. Very Clockwork-Orangey. Thanks for the link, semmi.
posted by Down10 at 1:00 PM on January 24, 2003


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