Monday, April 27, 2009
Save a Prayer
Washing my hands a lot lately. Thinking twice before taking some gummy bears offered by someone at the office. Who knows who’s touched those gummies a very simple way of thinking paranoia very simple desire pleasurable in some ways even to want to keep perfectly clean to be extra mindful of one’s hands and fingers not touching things you don’t need to keeping an extra foot or two between people L.A. is probably a good place to avoid catching anything as you can just stay in your car stay in your house keep your distance all the time some guy in my office building spending his lunch hour in his car in the parking garage listening to the radio and eating a sandwich the safety of being totally alone and not having to touch or rub up against anyone normally the people in New York sneer at the selfish Los Angelenos but how must it feel now to be riding a packed 9 train uptown with someone sneezing in your face of course we can’t live like we do in L.A. forever and the world would collapse faster than it already is if everyplace became more like L.A. it’s times like these when you become extra conscious of how few opportunities for face-to-face contact one actually has in L.A. and how easily almost all such interactions can be avoided there are no crowded sidewalks most people don’t take public transport times like this you sort of want to pack your car with provisions and head to some place in Idaho or Wyoming and just wait it out what bugs me is people who get off on aestheticizing disaster people who invariably have good health care and all sorts of financial and social safety nets and who can get off on the pornography of disaster from their secured locations and they are in their perverse way loving the current situation because it’s so dystopian and awesome just a high-brow form of sensationalism and more than a little titillation felt in being able to describe death and destruction while knowing that the privileged describer faces little chance of being affected by said death and destruction. Wash your hands and say a prayer.