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December 3, 2010 4:34 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Alone is a credit to the team.
December 3, 2010 4:36 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
"fuck your father, fuck his narratives"
That's what I'm saying...
The hat makes it. Does he have one on PoMo too?
December 3, 2010 4:43 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
this is why black people cant get into college.
December 3, 2010 4:46 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Alone, you're pretty fcking ugly. and you wish you were black, but its pretty clear that you are halfsie. wow, you should really not film yourself and stick to writing.
December 3, 2010 4:48 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
i dont think you have writers block, i think youre just fcking lazy. if you liked actually working hard, you would be in private practice. but you enjoy fcking around on the internet too much. just like this prick.
December 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Posted by So and So: | Reply
I consider myself un-en-wisened.
December 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I don't think that's him. It would be pretty retarded for someone who prizes internet anonymity to post a video of themselves.
December 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Posted by Gary: | Reply
Now I know what to do to get a disability check.
December 3, 2010 6:17 PM | Posted by The Devastator: | Reply
"All the different 'phenomena,' which is another word for 'things...'"
Oh okay, I think I'm getting it. Please continue.
December 3, 2010 7:37 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Whoh, so Alone finally shows his face!
December 3, 2010 7:42 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I love how many people in the replies above actually think this is Alone.
December 3, 2010 7:44 PM | Posted by ...: | Reply
Thanks for the NSFW warning douchebag.
And what the fuck is with this bullshit:
"this is why black people cant get into college."
December 3, 2010 8:45 PM | Posted, in reply to ...'s comment, by larrykoubiak: | Reply
If discussing post-structuralism, no matter what language is used, is NSFW, then you might want to consider changing jobs.
December 3, 2010 8:54 PM | Posted by Stan: | Reply
I thoroughly enjoyed this video, street art meets the intellectual elitist....Anywho...who gives a flying duck...
As far as the writers block goes; I don't see any problem. You write when you want to write...if you haven't got anything to say, no worry...there is always a truck load of crap just around the next corner heading straight toward you.
Until then, drink up & be merry...
December 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Posted by ben: | Reply
why are the commenters here so stupid?
and racist too maybe?
December 3, 2010 9:48 PM | Posted, in reply to ...'s comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
"this is why black people cant get into college"
actually this guy probably is in college. he reminds me of the fucktards i went to school with at state university. black and white. and pull this dumb shit in discussion because they dont understand a concept or three syllable word so try to make joke, but not funny and waste of everyones time and degrade the class, professor, entire learning experience, america, world, concept of evolution, etc.
but def all worth it at the end of the week when they DJ the party and make sure that im listening to the latest dope shit while i get blacked out wasted. so on second thought, glad they were accepted to my school- def enrich my experience on campus. ONE LOVE .
December 3, 2010 9:50 PM | Posted, in reply to Stan's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Stan, you are a fucktard.
December 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I know you said you aren't white but I didn't expect you to look like this!
December 3, 2010 11:15 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." - Paulo Freire
December 4, 2010 12:27 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
what do we know about alone? is this alone? does he live in nyc?
December 4, 2010 1:30 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
His Facebook profile. For whatever it's worth.
And I really doubt the guy in that video is him, whatever his background is. It doesn't sound anything like his writing style, and I doubt his sense of fashion (or humor) includes a Spongebob cap.
As to the video, how would YOU explain Post-Structuralism to an audience of "ghetto, hiphop" teenagers? I.e., urban black kids in public schools? (Somehow I don't think the guy in the video is trying to reach Jewish kids on Long Island, YKWIM?) Keep in mind that because of White Flight, "deindustrialization" (the steel mills closing, NAFTA, etc.), and the desertion of the Black bourgeoisie, the formerly major cities have been in dire freaking straits for about 30 years, including their public school systems. And this Great Recession certainly hasn't improved things.
Somehow I picture "Alone" as a middle-aged secular Jewish guy, like most of the psychiatrists I had as a kid. But then my current shrink is a Christian Arab from "The Middle East," so... But anyway, really, what's it matter?
December 4, 2010 2:23 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Gary: | Reply
"Paulo Freire doesn't know what the fuck he's talking about."
December 4, 2010 4:38 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Well, the fact such a large volume of your readers thought this video was of you sorta explains the critical mass of stupidity that is your readership.
I facepalm and ??? at the same time when I read the comments which are like:
"OMG I WNET MY WHOLE LIFE LOOKING AT IT ONE WAY NOW I LOOK AT IT TOTALLY DIFFERENT EYEZ OPEN!!!ALONE THEY SHOULD MAKE U PRESIDENT!"
But you know... now I realize your readers must be really fucking stupid, since a whole shitton of them thought that guy above was you. Like OMGz.
1) This man is clearly in his late 30s/early 40s.
Alone is clearly in his late 40s or 50s as evidenced by how he talks of youth and young people.
2) Alone has never ever used even a small teeny amount of jive speak in his writing. This man uses jive speak exclusively and it is clearly natural for him (although the extent of his jive speak may be exaggerated). It's sorta how I have an innate jersey accent, and I can exaggerate it or down play it as I see fit... but I can't magically conjure a believable french accent. I can conjure a terrible fake french accent, but if you want me to talk like Terresa Guidice, no problem.
3) Alone has been trying to get us to believe he is black and you retards are believing him. It is beyond clear alone isn't black. Maybe he's jewish or middle eastern, maybe he's indian, maybe he's asian (i.e. your typical doctor ethnicities)... but I seriously hyper doubt he's black. There are some black doctors but I don't think any are this jaded... being jaded and cynical comes from laziness and lack of real effort... that typically comes from being a "WMA" as Eddie Vedder put it. Winning the lottery the day you were born, breeds resentment and contempt for the society that gives you everything. Much like an overindulged child, privileged wealthy sons (i.e. upper middle class americans) tend to be jaded and cynical like this. Black people who are successful have to work too hard to be jaded. Usually.
Thats a very very very white people thing. White people are bastards with no culture and they are also very endulged so it is only natural they live and think like petulant children, viewing the world as hollow empty meaningless and "narcissistic".
December 4, 2010 5:25 AM | Posted by Cleanthes: | Reply
I think you're all missing the point. It's internet video sharing time, so step up and contribute something to help him with his writers block:
December 4, 2010 9:32 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anon: | Reply
People who say you're either part of the problem or part of the solution are the problem.
December 4, 2010 10:25 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by AnAnon: | Reply
Well said. The choice of inaction or to "go with the flow/herd" is still a choice with consequences, trying to pretend you're not responsible for your choices and their consequences is merely trying to avoid taking personal responsibility for the consequences of your choices.
December 4, 2010 11:15 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by stan: | Reply
Is that the best you can come up with...LMAO
It truly warms the cockles of my heart to know that the developmental disabled are able to make comments here....no matter how misguided they may be.....lol
December 4, 2010 11:16 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
WTH?? I thought u wanted to stay anonymous, now we know you're not even a real psychiatrist
December 4, 2010 1:03 PM | Posted by termm: | Reply
Some of you fuckers are really dumb enough to think this is TLP?
December 4, 2010 2:02 PM | Posted by Grum: | Reply
The Maury reference really summed it up for me.
December 4, 2010 2:12 PM | Posted by Trei: | Reply
WHY would anyone, and I mean anyone with as much as half a neuron - would think this guy is the writer of this blog?!? How the heck do you read this blog if you're so darn retarded??
December 4, 2010 2:21 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Trei: | Reply
@the idiot from December 4, 2010 4:38 AM
you actually had to come up with a whole argumentation on why that's not him?!? why exactly do you think you're smarter than the rest? sounds like you're simply more organized.
December 4, 2010 3:44 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
TLP you've got to shave that beard it looks teribul
December 4, 2010 3:45 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
^ same anon sorry i mean "terrible" ^
December 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
DAS IST MEIN TEEEEEIL
December 4, 2010 10:24 PM | Posted by no one: | Reply
Hey, Alone, have you seen this? Female vets are more vulnerable to suicide.
December 4, 2010 10:28 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by the crypt: | Reply
Is Paulo Freire that Brazilian dude who writes about Education? If he is, then he has written some of the most pathetic texts on education I've ever read in my 50 years studying the subject.
Gosh, we need to suffer fools here.
December 4, 2010 10:50 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Why don't you take a break for some good old fashioned Freudian-ism and write about some early sexual experiences??
December 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Maybe Alone is too busy watching the rather spectacular information warfare, international propaganda campaign and Scientology-style personality assassination that's going on around wikileaks right now?
December 5, 2010 11:19 AM | Posted by popo: | Reply
nah dude he said writers block, not too busy block
December 5, 2010 12:38 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
December 5, 2010 1:18 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Thanks for the link Anonymous. Jay Rosen has some interesting things to say, it's unfortunate his manner of speaking makes him a bit mind numbing to listen to but very insightful about the general failure of the watchdog press.
Journalists Without Borders support Wikileaks, as do most people who support freedom of the press.
The reality is that there are few independent newspapers left because most of them have been bought up by a few corporate players and those corporate players have systematically gotten rid of investigative journalism. Assange chose the newspapers he works the most closely with wisely (though he really had few good options in the US, particularly once the LA Times' news departments was destroyed) - both The Guardian and Der Spiegel are outside of the general corporate media control. (So not part of the Murdoch axis of stupidity and blatant propaganda.)
But boy does it have the people and organizations that want to promote unreality-based thinking in a panic and pulling out all the stops to try to distract, denounce and call for the assassination of Assange (who may be a jerk but that's hardly relevant, he's also clearly not a rapist if you've actually managed to come across any of the truth about those charges and the "Christian Feminist" - an oxymoron if there ever was one but maybe that's some weird Swedish Right Wing thing - who is behind them...apparently feminazis do actually exist! ;-). It's an obvious tactic for politicians and newspapers that desperately want everyone to believe their false image...Assange, btw, is doing a great job in inducing narcissistic rage in the people/groups whose false image is being destroyed by reality.
December 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Yes, Assange is the man. If I was a 14 year old girl, I'd definitely jump at the chance to do him and I wouldnt get jealous if my girlfriends wanted to have sex with him, too.
yes, jay rosen's slow lingering delivery is kind of annoying. but because I am slow witted and also just smoked a bowl of marijuana, it is quite soothing to me. almost like listening to miles davis' in silent way album while getting high in the early winter evening and reading a graham greene novel by the fireside.
Interestingly, I find the prominence of Rosen's nostrils in this video and his refusal to position himself a bit further from the camera to be oddly attractive. it is obvious that he lacks vanity and comfortably exudes a Wallace Shawn type charisma with no shame in exuding that type of charisma, a kind of throwback nasally intellectualism not seen with much frequency in America since the recession of 1982 and likewise devastatingly devalued a bit like a 4 bedroom split-level ranch built in the suburbs of Cleveland around 1973. it carries me away fondly to the time i saw 'my dinner with andre' and realized that i was watching shawn's coming out party- meaning that he had finally stepped out of his father's long shadow forever putting the new yorker magazine of 1952 to 1987 to shame.
December 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Posted by Nik: | Reply
There have been good and bad discussions on this blog, but this is by far the least intelligent. I watched some of "H-rok's" other stuff, he is a smart guy and pretty funny.
You guys that are going nuts because the guy in the video is black, talks ghetto and dresses like he's getting ready to thizz out, why? Cause this guy is smart and talking about a subject that he "shouldn't" be versed in. I garuntee those "fucktard DJ's" you went to school with didn't know anything about Bruce Nauman, or discussed why hip hop and rap artists are homophobic.
Anonymous @ 4:38 am, Dec 4:
"being jaded and cynical comes from laziness and lack of real effort"
No, being jaded comes from trying very hard and having the value of your work either over looked, credited to someone else, or being dismissed all together. The end result of jadedness and cynicism might be laziness and lack of real effort, because they believe that no matter the effort they put in they won't achieve success, but that's not where it starts.
December 5, 2010 3:43 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
December 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Eh, don't think too many 14 year old girls think Assange is hot but apparently strange Swedish "Christian feminists" that hold what many in North America would find to be quite Right Wing positions (anti-abortion, etc) and write blogs about how to get revenge on lovers do. Or pretend to do. Hard to know at this point if it's just two crazy ladies fighting over one penis (with the person attached to the penis having no long term interest in either of them) and then people with political connections ran with the chance to smear Assange. The newspaper that printed the story and called it "rape" illegally printed Assange's name (according to Swedish law) and one can suspect that there are certainly powerful and rich corporatists in Sweden and the rest of the EU who are upset that the Pirate Party exists and won seats. (The Pirate Party, obviously, supports Wikileaks both on a technical and philosophical level.)
December 5, 2010 4:43 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Oh, and the link I meant to add to that previous post...
December 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Posted by DCF: | Reply
If Alone knows what he's talking about from experience (specifically not being overly narcissistic and being capable of giving/accepting love), why would he describe himself as a "misanthropic rummy"?
If he doesn't, why are we listening to him?
December 5, 2010 6:54 PM | Posted by popo: | Reply
Why has this blog turned into a battleground for right wing morons?
Why are right wing morons even here?
December 5, 2010 7:10 PM | Posted by tedfa: | Reply
I love how obsessed everyone is with Alone's identity and all the psychoanalyzing of his character that people are trying to glean from his blog posts. I feel like this is a pretty futile exercise.
December 5, 2010 7:23 PM | Posted, in reply to tedfa's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
tedfa - I know! It seems rather ironic since the obsession is with the packaging not the content (who he is, not as an individual mind you, but in terms of "race", class, profession or whatever). It's like they don't even read his blog posts! Mind you, it may just be trolling.
December 5, 2010 8:09 PM | Posted by popo: | Reply
the medium is the massage
check the archive
December 5, 2010 8:14 PM | Posted, in reply to Nik's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
one good thing about the fucktard dj's i went to school with is that they taught me to run from people like Bruce Nauman. precisely because bruce nauman sucks ballz.
i remember i was at a party one time sophomore year and i and a couple of my black affirmative action friends were taking long bong hits in quick succession over a period of 1 hour. during that hour, we discussed many things though our discussion focused heavily on the comparison of 'correspndence theory of truth' and 'coherence theory of truth', but that's only because our philosophy 101 TA was at the party and joined us (we did not invite him to join us) where we were sitting in the cupola of the frathouse we were at- i mean how could we totally ignore him after he had climbed all those stairs and ladder up to our space ?- not a very big space it was, though the frat did manage to squeeze in a small bar (serving all the johnny walkers in addition to 2 microbrew kegs; this was the frat where the head brother's dad was a real estate developer who had began his career with that tisch dude in new york, so he had some disposable income which was spent on heavily marketed "luxury" scotch and drinkable beer from microbreweries in Quebec) and a dj spinning records up there, still it only held about 8.5 people. and the other people were a couple making out, the bartender, and the dj. so we really could not ignore the TA's presence when he came over to our couches/small coffee table. We started smoking with him and much to our chagrin, the first thing he volunteered was "so what did you guys think of the pop quiz we had in class today?" I mean, are you serious? what kind of fucktard talks about class when we are trying to get high and forget about how we loathe philosophy and all of the nerdy sex-deprived assholes who list their favorite top 5 philosophers on their facebook page? I mean after you read Plato and also Blaise Pascal ( and in that order), really there is no need to read anyone else. so anyway, we had to humor this guy because we wanted to stay in his good graces because he graded our papers (our professor did not grade our papers. the professor lectured in class, yes, but he was busy writing a book :
in order that the college could have at least one person in its philosophy department legitimately 'published'. so he did not grade our horrible horrible papers or pay attention to us much beyond looking up from his lectern every 8 minutes or so during 'lecture'- which consisted of him reading from his yet to be published book...it was kind of obvious that he was just reading it to the class so that he could "hear it out loud" and make revisions as he saw fit.)
anyway, so our TA wanted to hang out with us. and he was such a social retard that he managed to get us talking about these two theories. little did I know that our discussion would almost devolve into physical violence.
I remember stating in this discussion that most lawyers rightly oppose the correspondence theory of truth and that since lawyers rule the world, the coherence theory of truth is absolutely what allows our market based economy to function, its the oil that greases the palms of every deal maker I recall saying (and then wondering to myself what exactly did that 'grease' derive from and will 'what allows our market based economy to function' fly with these guys?). Well, my opinion didn't sit well with the TA. He took umbrage to my statements and cited an article written by Freeman J. Dyson which, in his mind, proved the correspondence theory of truth to be the only theory of which to base one's value system on.
Little did he know that my friend Jamal, whom was smoking a ton of weed out of his own personal bong beside us, loathes Freeman J. Dyson, not just for his awful writing style, but mostly for his physical appearance, specifically his large ears, beady eyes, and rat like nose.
After the TA registered his opinion, Jamal got up from his seat and turned toward the TA. Because Jamal has an imposing physical presence - even when he is sitting in a chair in a smoke-filled high-ceilinged cupola filled, you are drunk on johnny walker gold, loud music is playing, and two women just remarked that they will be taking off their clothes- even then, Jamal's imposing physical presence is still recognizable- so it is not surprising that the cupola went silent when he got up from his chair. The DJ stopped his music, the bartender ceased cutting lines of diluted cocaine on the bar, and the couple making out ceased making out and looked over to Jamal, while also glancing at the lines of diluted coke on the bar wishing that hey could have some of it.
Anyway, Jamal began by addressing the room. He thanked them for their quiet respect and then he launched into a preacher like sermon in which his speaking style reminded me of Cornel West at his Socratic method questioning best. I remember actually willing myself down from my johnny walker gold/canadian marijuana laced with angel dust high- I had never ever before been able to do that even after my first reading of Nietczhe's der Wille zur Macht, when I first realized that I sought self-mastery and beyond that I would be driven to master and dominate others in my need for power; and after this fateful reading and internalizing of der wille zur macht, I made a plan for my career- I would seek to become an unelected public official/servant of huge influence much like Larry Summers was or Tim Geithner's tennis partner, Carol Ann Steadland is- and from this position, I would, over many years of hard work and dedication, help to implement monopolisitc economic policies of which I could benefit handsomely from and eventually maybe I would become proxy for the Vice President of the United States and travel back to my hardscrabble hometown of Scranton in a private jet and give a scripted speech to people about working hard and playing by the rules.
But for now, at this moment in my young life as a promising undergraduate, I thought I had realized that night- in a small way-as I willed myself down from a state of intoxication to one of mild intoxication- the principle of der Wille zur Macht and thereby was able to focus and remember now the words of my affirmative action friend Jamal,
So towards the TA, Jamal spoke these words and this is a complete paraphrase:
the correspondence theory of truth is a farce. you, (TA) in an obvious attempt to let us know that you read the New York Review of Books on a regular basis and therefore are an anal fcktard, name-dropped Freeman J. Dyson. It is well known that I have a deep hatred for him and his physical appearance. So I will say to you now that if ever you mention Dyson or that post structuralist asshole "artist" Bruce Nauman in my presence again, then I will personally take you to my Project Housing complex in Jamaica, Queens next weekend when I go home to get my Pearl Washington throwback Syracuse jersey and I will introduce you to my close friend, Freaky Tah and tell him that you like Bruce Nauman and prefer the correspondence theory of truth to the coherence one.
The cupola then went silent. What did that exactly mean, people wondered? Was that a threat and were we all supposed to know who Freaky Tah was ? The TA never mentioned Bruce Nauman, what was that about? Since I was less high and drunk than five minutes before, I was feeling strangely more confident. I chimed in.
"Um, Jamal, isn't Freaky Tah dead?"
Jamal looked at me, and he began to speak again. this is a paraphrase:
Freaky Tah is dead and god rest his motherfucking soul. Bartender, give me those Johnny Walkers.
The bartender gave him the JW's, and then he did a line of coke, deftly exploiting the break in Jamal's sermon to satiate his addiction to diluted cocaine. I saw this deft movement and for some reason was moved to look down to my jeans left front pocket and surprisingly found that I had two 30mg pills of Adderall stored there next to my Wachovia debit card (now Bank of America debit card). I quickly put the pills into my mouth and drank the water that had accumulated in my Italian designed tumbler from the ice that had melted there after I had sucked down my fourth JW gold on the rx just 5 and half minutes earlier.
So Jamal took the four bottles- jonny walker blue, gold, black, and purple (purple was an experimental label created that year and marketed to wealthy gay men in politics. it was reported that Barney Frank enjoyed it so much, he ordered Diageo's CEO to send the company's entire x-mas inventory of the label to his office on Capitol Hill. The label has since been discontinued) and he poured them all out on the cupola's cherry wood floor.
Then he continued speaking. This is a paraphrase:
This is for Freaky Tah (the scotch) for he is dead and when he was alive he loathed Bruce Nauman moreso than he loathed louis farakhaan. He always wondered why this rich white kid from Fort Wayne, Indiana who was so obviously autistic could gain enough riches and renown to abandon his autistic gift for mathamatics and physics and subsist in the New Mexican desert writing pithy irrelevant homosexual slogans on white placards like 'run from fear- fun from rear' and become an international post-structuralist hero. It just did not seem fair to Freaky Tah. for Freaky Tah was not autistic and he was not white and he did not have the opportunity to abandon his studies of mathamatics and physics at a 1st tier liberally biased public school university not known for its mathamatics or physics department, just known as a bastion for lazy trust fund fucktards who could not get into Brown. Anyway, Freaky Tah thought that Nauman's 'fascination' with the 'nature of communication and language's inherent problems, as well as the role of the artist as supposed communicator and manipulator of visual symbols' was pretty fucking lame seeing as how Nauman had a large-sized unfair advantage: namely his own autism. and his cute 'fascination' with 'the nature of communication' etc. stems from the fact that he is developmentally challenged and has sincere trouble communicating with non-autistic people (why else would you move to New Mexico?). i.e. his brain is fcked and not because of the neighborhood (read: housing project) crack cocaine that his single mother became a fiend for while pregnant for him.
So why should Nauman become a darling of the fcktard art world? When Freaky-Tah and all of his rapping colleagues should so clearly take this mantle of "post-structuralist" art as their own. As Freaky-Tah and all of his rapping colleagues are the ones fascinated with the nature of communication and language's inherent problems vis a vis defining american society circa now, as their work in the field of hip hop has not only e/affected the way modern america and world speaks, but also how modern society's people dress, dance, and text each other. So, in conclusion, Fck Bruce Nauman and Fck the correspondence theory of truth. we all know that rappers are savant linguists and understand that coherence theory of truth rules everything around them. CREAM. get the money. dollar dollar bill yo.
Everyone was pretty stunned at this point. I was stone cold sober and thinking about where the phrase "stone cold sober" originated from for I wondered if it was the name of my little brother's favorite WWF wrestler. Whatever, I wasn't going to bring it up. I looked to our TA- he was still sitting on the couch. but he wasnt moving and his eyes were closed. I wondered if he had fallen asleep as it was 9:30 pm on a Friday night and likely a nerdy fcktard like him would probably be just finishing up his re-reading of Pascal's Provincial Letters and ready to brush his teeth before retiring to his futon bed for sleeping time.
Anyway, Jamal headed over to the bar and did a line of diluted cocaine with the bartender. Then as if on cue, he looked over to the DJ (a black kid from Baltimore that anchored the relay 4X100 on the track team) and nodded. Then he said this: a strict paraphrase:
So, everyone, if you ever see Bruce Nauman walking toward you on the street or if you ever happen to have the chance to meet him at an artist reception at the Whitney, then I advise you to forgo that chance to meet him at the Whitney or on the street and instead I advise to run in the opposite direction. But, before beating feet, I advise you to look him in the eye and tell him that you think its him that is "Bound To Fail" and not you. Then run.
Jamal stopped talking and did another line with the bartender. The couple who were initially making out when this story started, they got up from their loveseat and went to the bar and also did a line. Still sitting on the couch next to the sleeping TA, I promptly searched through his pockets, took his French/English pocket dictionary from his left front pocket and also the key to his dorm room and his MBNA credit card (now Bank of America) from his right front pocket. The DJ played this song:
December 5, 2010 8:42 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Nik: | Reply
That's not a bad story. You're writing is decent, but I think you spent too much time setting the scene which detracted from your point (or Jamal's point).
As to Nauman sucking balls, I agree and I think Hennessy would agree. The video in which he mentions Nauman is to make fun of him. What I was trying to say was, most people from the ghetto would not recognize the name Nauman, much less speak about his work. People get upset and racist not because he's black, but because he's knowledgeable about a subject that someone who talks and dresses like Hennessy does shouldn't know dick about.
It's not that people don't want to admit he's an exception to the rule, they don't want to admit exceptions are possible because then they would start doubting what they know and would be forced to deal with people on a case by case basis.
December 5, 2010 11:14 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I hear you. But I enjoy exceptions to the rule, most of my good friends are exceptions to the rule. this is what makes them worth knowing. and def I would take bong hits with this loser in the video and broach the subject of exceptionality with him-
to say to him you are pretty fcking annoying precisely because you ARE intelligent. So why degrade yourself and your intelligence by dressing like a fcktard and speaking in such a fcktard manner. and making fun of academics/intellectual type people- (though yes, it is true, many academics do need to be made fun of). our culturally dead, dumb, and extremely boring country (including what we are assuming is his so-called black community) doesn't need this kind of sentiment/humor. it needs people who enjoy and champion reading books, writing, learning, creating, thinking, looking at art, and arguing over how much of a douchebag bruce nauman is (I haven't seen his Nauman video yet, so excuse me if I sound like an asshole).
this guy is uninspiring and particularly irksome because he IS an exception to the rule and refuses to exploit that fact and use it to his advantage. so many brilliant people who had nothing worked very hard so that this douchebag could sit there, talk about nothing and look idiotic while doing so. throw him strength to love or letter from a birmingham jail and then watch him cry after reading said books because he is so ashamed of himself and the fact that he is wasting his brain by choosing to be a fcktard.
great that he is from the ghetto and he knows that douchebag bruce nauman- wow he took a course on modern art at city college and became bored by what the professor was saying because she had a Jay Rosen like delivery, was equally as homely, and forgot that she was teaching kids from the projects who are used to listening to rapid-fire rappers getting their points across in rhyme couplets. prof needs to step up her game so as not to lose the attention of students like him and stop feeling bad that she teaches at CCNY and not williams. fckn a I would love to have a teaching post in nyc- who cares of its prestige?
i think you're surrounded by too many people like this douchebag fictional professor woman I just described. if people dont want to doubt what they know and be challenged, they need to die. essentially they are dead.
i get upset at this guy because it reminds me of my own self and how I am not searching out the limits of my own potential. i choose to be a shallow fcktard fckng around on the internet instead of spending my time studying the french language so that I can achieve my dream of becoming a foreign officer and landing a plum spot in Monaco where I will become known among ambassadors for my exceptional trilingual vocabulary, love of early afternoon drinks on the beach, enjoyment of doubles tennis, frequent last minute three day weekend get aways to the Greek Isles, and tendency to befriend overachieving, brilliant, beautiful and wildly wealthy exceptions to the rule.
December 5, 2010 11:34 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
December 6, 2010 12:58 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
HOW CAN ANYONE DISS FREIRE??? YOU FUCKING SUCK!
December 6, 2010 1:00 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
fuck all y'all niggas in Swahili
December 6, 2010 1:09 AM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Sad_Rammstein_Song_Break_Bot: | Reply
I'm disappointed my rammstein song break #2 was deleted :(
December 6, 2010 12:06 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I still think TLP is Thomas Pynchon.
December 6, 2010 1:53 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Are you a moran? Watch the video TLP looks nothing like Thomas Pynchon. Thomas Pynchon is a white guy
December 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Posted by Edward: | Reply
Almost everyone who commented on this video misunderstood it.. which was the the creator's intention, at least for this audience. To quote TLP "its not for you" whether TLP got that point is another matter entirely.
He wore the spongebob hat and the gold chain in order to insult/upset/enrage you. Did you see anything else in the background to confirm his identity of a some urban idiot, a product of the ghetto. No.. because he doesn't have anything else because that isn't him, its his character.
Anyone who says "This painting is transcendental" is trying too hard and is a moron. That's what this guy would have said if he was actually (in real life) the character he was just playing. Instead he criticizes any moron who would say that, a clue to his true message. There are plenty of well educated people who wouldn't be able to explain how moronic that statement is, but he can. How? because hes not who he is dressed as.
Watch it again... Its too perfect
-He slips in a quip about Zunes abysmal failure
-Criticizes the Maury show
-Uses the term inwisened
-"I hope this makes you a more desirable guest at art receptions or dinners"
and from time to time he slips in clues hes not a moron
-use of the Cerulean
-he hit the nail on the head about insecure artists
-"a time when the only people who were literate were priests"
it doesn't add up
Now go read about post-structuralism
-Post-structuralists hold that the concept of "self" as a separate, singular, and coherent entity is a fictional construct
-It asserts that the author's intended meaning, is secondary to the meaning that the reader perceives.
-A post-structuralist critic must be able to use a variety of perspectives to create a multifaceted interpretation of a text, even if these interpretations conflict with one another. It is particularly important to analyze how the meanings of a text shift in relation to certain variables, usually involving the identity of the reader.
Post-structuralism perceives art, writing, philosophy etc. through a lenses that attempts to filter out the narcissistic tendency of both the artist and the critic. The man in the video uses your own biases as a filter, some will deject, others will connect. He is using a stereotype to demonstrate the principles of post-structuralism, and even as he explains it most of you cant see the forest for the trees.
The fact that all that it takes is a stupid hat/chain/and (fake) Ebonics to throw everyone into a tailspin is laughable. It seems that most of you are too old, to prejudiced, or too far removed from urban culture to see that this guy is pretending. I'm not black or urban, but I am under 30 and astute enough to know a thug from an actor.
Seriously, go read about post-structuralism, don't forget about TLP's obsession with narcissism, when you think you get it, watch this video again and I guarantee you'll see something completely different. Something thats more like a Grad students version of a SNL skit than a probate who figured out how to uses a webcam.
"Dude you way over analyzed that"...
No actually you're so eager that watched the video before you understood the subtitle... try again
December 6, 2010 5:53 PM | Posted, in reply to Edward's comment, by AnAnon: | Reply
Edward - Great explanation. I linked to the actual artist's site - Jayson Musson. He's also got a blog that's about art he likes...
December 6, 2010 6:06 PM | Posted, in reply to Edward's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Yeah you are exactly correct. The video alone is clear evidence that he isn't stupid; he is articulate, and he is speaking intelligently about art theory. How many genuinely uneducated ghetto types do you think even know what post-structuralism means? I think I'm reasonably smart and well educated (mostly in the sciences admittedly) and I had no idea what post-structuralism was before I saw this video. I think your point that he's dressing and acting ghetto partly to illustrate something about post-structuralism is interesting, and something I hadn't considered.
I don't think you overanalyzed this video though - in fact I think the opposite.
You forgot one critically important point - we KNOW he's not an idiot, we read his blog posts every week!!!! Personally I wouldn't be on this website if I thought TLP was stupid. Sure, he might be dressed and acting strangely in this week's video, and you might sometimes disagree with what he says, but there is no question whatsoever that he is a smart guy. Hell, he's a psychiatrist, he went to med school.
Don't let the fact that TLP puts on a weird hat or a fake moustache or whatever else one week distract you from his message
December 6, 2010 6:34 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by AnAnon: | Reply
Why do you keep assuming that it must be TLP in this video? (Not that it really matters either way.)
And it's not like lots of "educated" people (no matter the tone of their skin) know what post-structuralism is either - particularly in practical terms. That said, people who know that official histories or societal narratives are very different than historical or contemporary reality (or at least other perspectives on history or society/culture) already understand that there's a big disconnect between the official narrative and reality. It's usually those invested in the official narrative, who mistake it for reality and who have incorporated it into their identity, who have a hard time seeing things as they are (and the other person's perspective...easier to demonize the person/people who challenge the false identity that's been constructed).
December 6, 2010 7:36 PM | Posted, in reply to Edward's comment, by ST: | Reply
@ Edward: Hear, hear.
December 6, 2010 8:46 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
Just for the record, I have no idea whether the guy that video was a "ghetto dweller" and/or a "hiphop" devotee, only that he used "ghetto/hiphop" signifiers and mannerisms. You know, the way you'd want to wear a flag pin and work in a reference to "preserving our rights" if you were making a campaign speech to an NRA convention. For all I know he's a scholarly rabbi, like Michelle Obama's cousin.
By the way, I'm trying to start a "viral" campaign to get people to SEND ME MONEY. How would I go about that?
December 6, 2010 8:52 PM | Posted by vv111y: | Reply
You could just not post.
(I didn't watch the video, so there)
December 6, 2010 9:52 PM | Posted by TheUnderwearBandit: | Reply
If you are looking for something to post about, how about finishing your autism theory?
December 6, 2010 10:12 PM | Posted, in reply to AnAnon's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
i went to his site- jayson musson is 4 real. cool shit. is he your neighbor?
December 6, 2010 10:20 PM | Posted, in reply to Nik's comment, by b: | Reply
I stopped reading here because yours was the only useful comment.
December 6, 2010 10:48 PM | Posted by AnAnon: | Reply
December 7, 2010 1:04 AM | Posted, in reply to Edward's comment, by facepalming_forever: | Reply
I couldn't thumbs down your post fast enough.
...and I can't believe your post was 6 for 6 prior to that.
The facepalming and ??? continues on.
I feel second hand embarrassment for how much you read into a meaningless mindless video by some wannabe hipster artist on the youtube. This idiot is just another attention whore trying to pass himself as insightful and individual ... a real artist not like the other poseurs.
The hat/chain is meant to be ironic, nothing more. Meaning to say, a (wannabe) black man wearing a cartoon hat is hilarious/strange/does not belong thus it is positioned for irony only, in a very one dimensional mindless sort of way. It is not a symbol with a deeper meaning (message about identity). It's been done.
The man is clearly not an idiot, and only a racist retard would assume he was an idiot simply becuase he speaks jive. There are no "clues" to his intelligence, as what he is saying obviously implies he is at least average/above average intelligence. Again, the jive speak but intelligent content is meant to be ironic, in a "its been done" ironic sort of way (whitey at home: "wow, black ghetto poet man, you sound like a retard with your jive talk but you actually have deep truths to share, let me subscribe to your news letter"). It is a ploy to get you to think he is actually much more intelligent than he is... if he spoke in a normal way, you wouldn't bother listening to him. If he speaks like a highschool drop out with jive, you give him much more credit for whatever he does say. People seem much more intelligent when you expect them to be stupid, not to mention the interest / attention whore factor of the ironic juxtaposition of intelligent content and remarkably unintelligent delivery.
December 7, 2010 2:18 AM | Posted by David: | Reply
I found the link to be entertaining. Please continue to get writer's block ... maybe once a week? Good stuff.
December 7, 2010 4:27 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
This is what popped into my head in the shower after reading this post:
The idea of "post-structuralism" and its definition has been highly debated over time by critics in the art community. But what does it mean? It seems analogous to the term/idea of "bipolar". The specific criteria to be defined as such may be debated and adjusted over time, but, in such debate, we've already accepted as a community that the word means anything at all. We lack a vocabulary...someone throws out a term...it becomes popular...and now we have to find a definition to fit the term, not vice versa. We keep talking about the wrong part.
Or am I?
December 7, 2010 10:31 AM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I never take showers, much less at 4am in the morning. Why are you up so early- do you milk cows for the town farmer?
i think you are still drunk from last night- the terms are not analogous.
bipolar, like autism, is defined across a spectrum- someone can be bipolar 1 or 3 or cyclothymic like winston churchill and you categorize them 'bipolar' but each case is different behaviorally;
the term post structuralism is comparatively straightforward- its art is a derivation of 'structuralism' - the term is a catch all for work created after a certain period of time, dealing with a certain set of ideas.
December 7, 2010 10:42 AM | Posted, in reply to AnAnon's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Can you prove it's not TLP? Maybe he just did this to confuse us
December 7, 2010 11:03 AM | Posted by medsvstherapy: | Reply
Is this Alone in the video? I don't think so. I don't think we will be hearing from Alone The Pirate for a while - unless through his lawyer. They have him locked up in UK for this Swedish arrest warrant dealio, and apparently bail has been denied. Sweden. Of all places. Home of the Pirate Party.
December 7, 2010 11:26 AM | Posted, in reply to medsvstherapy's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Sweden is a sketchy place. Alone is fcked. probably he will be assassinated by Interpol like Olof Palme was.
December 7, 2010 12:27 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
wtf is all this "over the top jive" bullshit? none of you people are from the south, that's for sure. and if you are, you're racist. over the top? please.
December 7, 2010 12:31 PM | Posted, in reply to facepalming_forever's comment, by Edward: | Reply
It is true that the analysis of the video itself can only go so deep. And you are right about HIS choice of hats, (he also has a spiderman, grinch and several others) is HIS artistic way of lightening up the ghetto style that is so popular these days. I never said that I personally found HIS one-dimensional social commentary particularly enlightening. The intentional dumbing down of HIS ideas is undoubtedly a purposeful attempt at some sort of ironic/humorous form of social commentary, albeit simplistic and childish.
However, question that most of us here are discussing is why TLP chose this particular video from all of the others on the internet, as well as the 5 others that this guy has made. My hypothesis is that the TLP sees a guy who is trying to be funny one level, but is actually funny on a much higher level (unbenounced to him).
i.e. post-structuralism criticizes narcissistic artists and art critics, hennessy youngman is a narcissistic artist commenting on post-structuralism to a narcissistic audience...
Its funny... Get it?... Get it?
December 7, 2010 12:39 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
you are dumb. meds v. therapy indicated that alone has been arrested in britain, not sweden. no one will assasinate him there. the brits are not sketchy like people from sweden are.
olof palme was killed by a bipolar autistic drunkard named christer pettersson. everyone knows this, it was proved by lawyers in court. so shut the fck up. interpol did not kill olof palme.
December 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Posted, in reply to Edward's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Edward, you are dumb. I bet you are a low-level trader at Goldman Sachs' London division. why do you try to make alone look smarter than he is? obviously alone chose to display this video because alone wants to learn more about modern art to impress his new girlfriend who he picked up at the Met while on his lunchbreak last week. so alone went home and googled the word 'modern art' and this video probably was listed on the 10th page and since alone is a total nerd, he read every single entry listed up to the 10th page until he got to this video. by that time alone was tired and also really wanted a drink and a cigarette. so he took a break from learning about modern art, posted this video quickly to his blog in order to satisfy all his stupid readers there, and then poured himself a drink and called his new girlfriend to ask her about her day and show-off his new found knowledge on modern art. obviously his new girlfriend is a post-structuralist artist type.
but not the kind you date Edward- a stuck up sarah lawerence art history major longing to fufill her lifelong dream of being a curator at the clark institute in williamstown, massachusetts. good luck with that.
December 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Posted, in reply to medsvstherapy's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Please, don't be absurd.
Just to put this debate away for good I've gone to the trouble of downloading pictures of both Alone and Julian Assange, and subjecting them to facial comparison.
Assange has a statistically significantly (p
Assange's facial bone structure is more delicate compared to Assange as determined by analysis by myself (P= 0)
Assange has a different haircut and no beard
In light of these differences the hypothesis that Alone is Assange is absolutely untenable
December 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
For some reason part of my analysis was cut off.
p is less than 0.05 for comparison of dermal melanin levels. The magnitude of this difference is moderate.
December 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Alone should take his new girlfriend to a high end italian restaurant in the west village that has a famous chef for their 2nd date. and pretend that he goes there on a regular basis. and order a really nice bottle of nero d'avola. and then talk about how when he was in med school, he wished he was in culinary school and spent all his free time reading cookbooks and creating new pasta recipes just to spite his father who forbid him from going to culinary school.
women love men who have father issues, are psychiatrists, and also know how to cook and write blogs on the internet.
December 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by AnAnon: | Reply
You're missing the point by obsessing over what Alone may or may not be (nobody doing the obsessing seems interested in who he is but rather what he is - it's objectification of a kind). Ultimately what's relevant are his ideas (the content). Not that I don't enjoy the persona he presents in this blog but it's just that, a persona, and (to me anyway) it's secondary to the ideas he presents and discussions he's attempting to start via his posts.
December 7, 2010 6:00 PM | Posted, in reply to AnAnon's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
honestly, i'm more interested in what he might be, then what he is trying to communicate. I identify with his persona more than his ideas- I don't really understand his analysis and writings all the time; I just pretend I do, partly to fit in at the pub in my neighborhood ( everyone there likes him and talks about his postings whenever he posts) and partly because it makes me feel smart to 'like' him.
I think my neighbor does the same thing, but with David Brooks. I don't know why, why would you want to identify with a pseudo "true conservative" thick glasses, suit wearing persona?
December 7, 2010 7:58 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
That's funny, my neighbor identifies with E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post. I don't know much about his particular 'persona' or what ideas he purports to support, but I do know that he and David Brooks are regularly featured on NPR together as sort of political sparring partners representing 'the left' and 'the right' when NPR wants to analyze the nation's latest political developments .
December 7, 2010 10:09 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
I really enjoyed Brooks' 'Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There.' My husband bought it for me for Christmas 10 years ago. It was really well thought out (the book, not the gift).
December 7, 2010 11:16 PM | Posted by Ingmar Skojpe : | Reply
I wonder what Dag Hammarskjold would think of his countrymen's treatment of Julian Assange?
December 8, 2010 12:01 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
You guys are all stupid. This isn't Alone, and he he wasn't arrested in Europe either. I've seen him just the day before yesterday, at a strip club. He's the local colored shrink (we only have one colored shrink), and they threw him out for creeping out the girls, asking them if they could wear an eyepatch and a hook during a lap dance. Man, he stank of rum! So there. Alone is from Tennessee.
December 8, 2010 1:30 PM | Posted by jonesy: | Reply
everyone's missing the point that this is funny shit and that there's a woman with a penis at the end of the video.
December 8, 2010 5:56 PM | Posted by Nik: | Reply
I seem to remember a post about how concerened people are about where a message comes from instead of the message itself, especially in America. All I see on this message board is concern about what color he is and his age, if Alone is a he that is. Even the person below who wrote that scathing review of the reviews (how fucking post modern of you) was more concerened about white people being concerened with Narcissim than Narcissim as a thing in itself. How....fucking.....ironic.
December 8, 2010 6:34 PM | Posted by Anonymous: | Reply
I suggest that maybe Alone found this somewhere while he was chugging his grog. And that it made his eyes cross and his head start to hurt, so he thought that'd be a fine thing to inflict on the idiots who read his blog and post silly comments but never send him money.
December 11, 2010 1:51 AM | Posted by Libertarians vs. Unicorns: | Reply
I'm sorry I got on the lulz train so late. I love this guy.
December 20, 2010 8:58 PM | Posted by ALI test : | Reply
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December 20, 2010 9:32 PM | Posted, in reply to SKID IV's comment, by Anonymous: | Reply
Ha, ha I am a DJ at a club and this is the #1 requested song I get from the people that come to dance to my music selections. We want the Bed Intruder Song! We want the Bed Intruder! I find it very strange that people want to groove to a song about a thwarted rape attempt.
December 20, 2010 9:44 PM | Posted, in reply to Anonymous's comment, by Marcia B: | Reply
Fck you, it's a good song and it's helping the family get up out of the projects. My marching band covered it at college (shameless plug!) :
December 28, 2012 4:16 AM | Posted, in reply to Cleanthes's comment, by Peter: | Reply
That was beautiful. I am drunk.
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