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“Making a record is a lot like surgery without an anesthetic.

 

You first have to cut yourself up the middle.

 

Then you have to rip out every single organ, every single part and lay them on a table.

 

You then need to examine the parts, and the reality of the situation hits you.

 

You find yourself saying things like

“I didn’t know that part was so ugly.”

Or

“I better get a professional opinion about that.”

 

You go to bed hollow and then back into the operating room the next day

. . .facing every fear,

every disgusting thing you hate about yourself.

 

Then you pop it all back in, sew yourself shut and perform

. . . you perform like your life depended on it

 

—-and in those perfect moments you find beauty you never knew existed.

 

You find yourself and you friends all over again,

you find something to fight for,

something to love.

 

Something to show the world.”

 

[ Gerard Way ]

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“I can believe things that are true

and things that aren’t true

and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.

I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny

and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed.

 

Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite,

that the world is run by secret banking cartels

and is visited by aliens on a regular basis,

nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs

and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.

 

I believe that the future sucks

and I believe that the future rocks

and I believe that one day

White Buffalo Woman is going to come back

and kick everyone’s ass.

 

I believe that all men are just overgrown boys

with deep problems communicating

and that the decline in good sex in America

is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.

 

I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks

and I still believe that they are better than the alternative.

 

I believe that California is going to sink into the sea

when the big one comes,

while Florida is going to dissolve into madness

and alligators

and toxic waste.

 

I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance

to dirt and disease

so that one day

we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold

like martians in War of the Worlds.

 

I believe that the greatest poets of the last century

were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis,

that jade is dried dragon sperm,

and that thousands of years ago

in a former life

I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.

 

I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars.

 

I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid,

 

that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly,

 

that light is a wave and a particle,

 

that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time

(although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it

it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead),

 

and that there are stars in the universe

billions of years older than the universe itself.

 

I believe in a personal god who cares about me

and worries

and oversees everything I do.

I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion

and went off to hang with her girlfriends

and doesn’t even know that I’m alive.

I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos,

background noise,

and sheer blind luck.

I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly.

 

I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.

I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies.

 

I believe in a woman’s right to choose,

a baby’s right to live,

that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty

if you can trust the legal system implicitly,

and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system

with anything of relative importance;

much less matters of life and death.

 

I believe that life is a game,

that life is a cruel joke,

and that life is what happens when you’re alive

and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”

 

[ Neil GaimanAmerican Gods ]

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“I think the only way to get through this life is laughing hard and constantly,

mostly at myself.”

 

[ Shannon Hale ]