quinta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2012

Hegel's Last Walk Through his Museum and the End of Art ("Kunstperiode"): The Experimental Boy by Murilo Mendes


The experimental boy eats grandma’s rump and throws the dog the bones.

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The experimental boy, future inquisitor, devours the book and spells out the saw.




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The experimental boy doesn’t walk on clouds. He knows how to pick his objects. He adores rope, scissors, hammers, saws, pincers. He dances with them. He talks with them.

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The experimental boy sets fire to the sanctuary to see if the firemen can do their job.



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The experimental boy, declaring the 1962 handbook out of date, corrects his phenomenology teacher.

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The experimental boy confesses that he’s atheist and all adrift.

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The experimental boy is weaned when he’s one day old. He looks down his nose at Romulus and Remus. He thinks the wolf is a chicken. In the prenatal hollow he was shouting: “Champagne, Mom! Make it snappy!”



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The experimental boy declares Aristotle’s alienation. He expels him from his zone with only the clothes on his back and a muzzle.




* The experimental boy repels the advances of his 18-year-old cousin. He calls her his great-grandmother.


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The experimental boy takes the painter’s brushes and locks them in the toilet bowl, thus forcing the painter to invent pop art as the only way out of the predicament.



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The experimental boy teaches the vamp to love. He sleeps with a radar under his bed.



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The experimental boy only admits two animals: the tiger and the bomber pilot. He leaves even the fiercest dogs and civilian pilots to the fleas.



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The experimental boy blesses the lightning.

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The experimental boy forefilms the aggressive event, the Apocalypse, fact of the day.

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The experimental boy celebrates his birthday with his guests, Jean Genet and Sophia Loren. Stuck in the table are three daggers with burning pommels.




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The experimental boy dismisses television, that “plaything for the illiterate, the deaf, the mute, the sick, antinietzsches, padres, rotters, croulants.”




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The experimental boy tosses a grenade shaped like a phallus at Christopher Columbus’s mother, entombing the Americas.


  First posted by Berkeley Neo-Baroque Gang of One, 3.14.2006 Translation based on the critical edition by Luciana Stegnano Picchio.

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