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“After being bombarded endlessly by road-safety propaganda it was almost a relief to find myself in an actual accident.”
— J.G. Ballard”

A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, status — all these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing).”
 J.G. Ballard

“The ambiguous role of the car crash needs no elaboration—apart from our own deaths, the car crash is probably the most dramatic event in our lives, and in many cases the two will coincide. Aside from the fact that we generally own or are at the controls of the crashing vehicle, the car crash differs from other disasters in that it involves the most powerfully advertised commercial product of this century, an iconic entity that combines the elements of speed, power, dream and freedom within a highly stylized format that defuses any fears we may have of the inherent dangers of these violent and unstable machines.”
— J.G. Ballard (The Atrocity Exhibition)

“Trying to exhaust himself, Vaughan devised an endless almanac of terrifying wounds and insane collisions: The lungs of elderly men punctured by door-handles; the chests of young women impaled on steering-columns; the cheek of handsome youths torn on the chromium latches of quarter-lights. To Vaughan, these wounds formed the key to a new sexuality, born from a perverse technology. The images of these wounds hung in the gallery of his mind, like exhibits in the museum of a slaughterhouse.”
— J.G. Ballard (Crash)

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Written by Peter Rudd

June 25, 2011 at 10:45 am

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Peter Falk

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Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders, 1987

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June 25, 2011 at 9:50 am

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bourgeois and stupid

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Dear Theo
Will life never treat me decently? I am wracked by despair! My head is pounding. Mrs Sol Schwimmer is suing me because I made her bridge as I felt it and not to fit her ridiculous mouth. That’s right! I can’t work to order like a common tradesman. I decided her bridge should be enormous and billowing and wild, explosive teeth flaring up in every direction like fire! Now she is upset becuase it won’t fit in her mouth! She is so bourgeois and stupid, I want to smash her. I tried forcing the false plate in but it sticks out like a star burst chandelier. Still, I find it beautiful. She claims she can’t chew! What do I care whether she can chew or not! Theo, I can’t go on like this much longer! I asked Cezanne if he would share an office with me but he is old and infirm and unable to hold the instruments and they must be tied to his wrists but then he lacks accuracy and once inside a mouth, he knocks out more teeth than he saves. What to do?
Vincent

from If the Expressionists had been Dentists, Woody Allen

Written by Peter Rudd

June 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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happy guy

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Written by Peter Rudd

June 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm

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more fascinators

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Written by Peter Rudd

June 18, 2011 at 4:48 am

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repent!

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Written by Peter Rudd

June 13, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness; though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

Gustave Flaubert

Written by Peter Rudd

June 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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