song – gertrude
July 31, 2007
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today i ate tacos and a bagel and an apple and some carrots. last night the new season of the simple life was on. it was really good. the bulk of the episode was paris and nicole giving colonics to people who were trying to lose weight, to hilarious result. they would also walk the people to an exposed outhouse after the colonics and then , while the people tried to go to the bathroom, would badger them about how they weren’t going to the bathroom. nicole was badgering one of them and he said “it’s hard to go when we’re talking” and nicole said “well let’s just be quiet, then” and continued to stand two feet away from him. totally deadpan. it’s the smartest show on TV. afterwards there was a show about tanning which was subpar.
“Note down what you can see. Anything worthy of note going on. Do you know how to see what’s worthy of note? Is there anything that strikes you?
Nothing strikes you. You don’t know how to see.
You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. Force yourself to write down what is of no interest, what is most obvious, most common, most colourless. “
georges perec, species of spaces
today i didn’t feel like singing about food so instead i laid down a beat for my favorite o.g. bitch, gertrude stein, to spit over. this song was originally going to be about broccoli, and the different ways that it can be prepared, but i think it is better as a metapoetic rumination on autobiography. or at least just as good