Monday, March 05, 2007

The Perils of Self-Belief

Regular readers will be aware of my unhealthy obsession with Amanda Marcotte. This is affecting my mental health. Having subscribed to the Pandagon blog feed, I now find a cloud of rage and despair accompanies me through the day. I also fear I may never be able to travel to America again as it is plainly populated by illiterate lunatics. Anyway, now Amanda has all but pushed me over the edge. She has published a picture. The accompanying post is up to her usual standards - 'Scott, Ari and I each spoke for like 5 minutes and then we opened it up for comments and questions, which I liked the best.' - but the photo is the real show-stopper. Of course, anybody can be made to look like anything in a photograph, but the point is Amanda chose one that made her look as supercilious as possible. She even used the occasion in the comments to boast, 'Being able to pull off yellow is one of my few talents. Why should I give it up?' Is there anything more terrible than invincible self-belief?

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  1. Scott, Ari and I each spoke for like 5 minutes and then we opened it up for comments and questions, which I liked the best.

    Yes, that one of my lines better than others is, sure. You can tell what I'm thinking about in the picture bit must be pretty deep and political by the way I'm not looking where someone else might be looking if they were me instead of me being me. But me being me that's where I'm looking inside my head instead of outside of it.

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  2. She looks more like she's thinking, "That Edwards gig was the high point of my career, and now I'm sharing the stage with Son of Sam ... how does Ann Coulter get away with it? ... may be I should dye my hair blonde ... is he done speaking yet? ... lunch ... mmmm, cottage cheese."

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  3. She's done it again. Another pic:
    http://pandagon.net/2007/03/06/free-radio-pandagon/

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  4. I hope you're not thinking that bottle of water in both picture bits is a kind of penis substitute just because I'm a woman next to a man or two men. Typical masculine interpretation of a woman with anything vaguely phallic shaped if you are it.

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  5. It IS unhealthy - not only are you reading her postings, you are also reading the comments (yellow indeed) Thank you for guiding me in the direction of John Updike with your article - found one here (Antigua) in the exchange shop and finished it the same day ("Seek my face") magical ability to create such clear, precise images with each sentence. (hope you didn't say that)

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