It’s not every day you get to sit next to Molly Ringwald.

"…Bovary says, on behalf of America and literature: “We despise you, we despise what is unique to you, we despise your life and ambitions, we despise your humanity, we despise humanity period, we despise joy, we despise education and thought, there are layers to our hate, your humiliation will be complex. We gore you with the gilded scrollwork on this nineteenth-century chair leg as if it were the very horn of the rhinoceros of our hate. Read this awful book and fuck off.”

To read the rest of this thing I wrote, pick up the new issue of Tin House

Gravity’s Rainbow pictures

Gravity’s Rainbow pictures

sucker

sucker

I was painting in the dark because the girls were using all the lights to make porn.

J: “Just, like ‘I’m running my fingers over my thighs, now you wanna feel my ass…”

R: “Does anyone really say that during sex?”

J: “Just say whatever. You go ‘Oh I’m touching my ass’ and the dudes are like staring at the screen jacking it going ‘Oh Yes, Yes you are!’ They’re idiots.”

Me: “Well, you have five senses and the movie only has sound and video. Like in any medium, you’re compensating for senses that aren’t there. When you’re actually having sex you can feel and smell and taste things and in the movie you can’t—so you have to sort of jack-up the other senses. Like they do on the Food Network like ‘Oh it’s all creamy now, you see that…’”

J: “Like the texture? ‘You see the way my lips feel, baby…’.”

Me: “Yeah. Like with cum shots—you can’t feel an orgasm in a movie—In real life you sometimes think ‘Oh it’d be nice to cum on her face but…it’s  snug and warm here I’m gonna keep it here…’ But in real life you don’t feel that—so there has to be some other thing, something that crosses some line but that’s only something you represented visually. There’s this beautiful face, it’s that and then it’s that.”

J: “Ok, does that help you? It helps me…”

R: “Yeah.”

J: “That’s the first thing I’ve agreed with you about in like a year, Zak.”

Skin Diamond, Mandy Morbid, on our couch, by Zak Smith, acrylic on paper (detail) Click to enlarge or don’t bother

Skin Diamond, Mandy Morbid, on our couch, by Zak Smith, acrylic on paper (detail) Click to enlarge or don’t bother

Black Alice, Zak Smith

Black Alice, Zak Smith

Zak Smith Mandy & Viv Having Sex With Bits Blown Up (detail) acrylic on paper. 

Zak Smith Mandy & Viv Having Sex With Bits Blown Up (detail) acrylic on paper. 

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