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December 13, 2009

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I'd stand in line to see any of these!

I would too Laura but I would buy tickets from a scalper if that happened to be the only way I could get in to see "Locked in the Bathroom." Maybe that's because kids I babysat for once locked me in the bathroom and I could hear them howling with laughter as I tried to kick the door down. This was after they told me that the dog food on the counter was pate (their mother was a personal chef so I believed them). Babysitting is the hardest job I've ever had!

There's a poem in that - and you can get revenge by making something awful happen to the children - like a witch roasts them for dinner, or they grow up to work for the IRS.

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Kick the bumblebee, float the mule
beat the rinsed parent, dream with stars
flush the proverb, copulate with cliches
be empty even emptier. never forget England
tie down the donkey, hang cassettes on trees
frighten the Taliban, misuse the pious

pause after 8 lines, hideously go backwards
Keep drowning the poets, have their revenge
See if there's enough space, rapture discrimination
Never count, never measure, never write
never telephone, never call, leave all
never write thank you, knock yourself out said the mule,
you knocked yoursdelf out is a title by Ungaretti so I add one line after interruption
If the visitor from Porlock called, John said "I would have
just put it in "

"Be Careful What You Fish For" is a masterpiece. The editors of "Semiotaxi" and "Cahiers du Panama" are on Charlie Rose right now debating the significance of Bob's absence throughout the entire film and whether this is compatible with a happy ending in the sense approved by Alain Resnais in "L'Annee derniere a marienbad."

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