"HEY, MS. 'FEMINIST'! IF YOU'RE SUCH A FEMINIST, WHY DO YOU HAVE 'GIRL' TWICE IN YOUR BLOG TITLE?!"
Good question, fuckface! "The Only Living Girl in Glen Burnie" is a play on the exquisite Simon and Garfunkel song "The Only Living Boy in New York". If I had adjusted it to "The Only Living Woman in Glen Burnie," it would've not only lost the right rhythm, it would've also taken away the childlike quality that I think Paul Simon was expressing (thus why he picked "only living boy" rather than "only living man"). Yes, women are infantalized and "girl" can be a derogatory term, however I stand by my rearrangement. As for "Girl Interrupted", I am (obviously) borrowing from the Susanna Kaysen memoir Girl, Interrupted in which she deems herself thusly.
This time I read the title of the painting: Girl Interrupted at Her Music.
Interrupted at her music: as my life had been, interrupted in the music of being seventeen, as her life had been, snatched and fixed on canvas: one moment made to stand still and to stand for all the other moments, whatever they would be or might have been. What life can recover from that?
Now you know the REST of the story. You're welcome.
Forgive me for being a bit persnickety, but I don't friend everyone. If you never comment my journal (or only comment an entry that refers to you specifically or to one of those "compliment memes"), I'm not interested. Also, if you never comment back my comments on your entries, that's annoying and a real deal-breaker.
ALSO, I CANNOT STAND IT WHEN PEOPLE COMMENT ENTRIES WITH COMMENTS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ENTRY. WE HAVE PRIVATE MESSAGE BOXES FOR A REASON, PEOPLE. USE THEM. SORRY FOR SHOUTING BUT PEOPLE DON'T SEEM TO GRASP THIS. AND WHILE I'M SHOUTING, NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO LINK BACK TO MY STUFF ON TWITTER AND/OR FACEBOOK.
My Music Al Jolson; the Beatles; Beck; Ben Selvin and his orchestra; Bikini Kill; Billie Holiday; Bill Withers; Blondie; Bob Dylan; Bratmobile; Cab Calloway; Cake; the Carolina Chocolate Drops; Chuck Berry; the Coasters; Crash Test Dummies; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Cyndi Lauper; the Dead Kennedys; Dean Martin; Depeche Mode; Dolly Parton; Donovan; the Doors; Ella Fitzgerald; Everclear; Fatboy Slim; Fiona Apple; Gene Austin; Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five; Heavens to Betsey; Helen Kane; the Indigo Girls; Irving Aaronson and his Commanders; Jack off Jill; Janis Joplin; Jimi Hendrix; John Denver; John Lennon; Julie Ruin; Keely Smith; the Kingston Trio; the Kinks; L7; Le Tigre(okay, anything Kathleen Hanna has ever done); Led Zepplin; Louis Prima; Madonna; Mary Prankster; Maurice Chevalier; Mirah; Peggy Lee; Pink Floyd; Placebo; Princess Superstar; Queen; Rasputina; Ravi Shenkar; Red Hot Chili Peppers; Regina Spektor; early Rolling Stones; Rosemary Clooney; Roxette; Rudy Valli; Sam Cooke; Simon and Garfunkle; Sleater-Kinney; the Smashing Pumpkins; Sophie Tucker; Sublime; the Talking Heads; Ted Weems and his orchestra; Tom Petty; the Village People; Weezer; THE GODDESS LIVES IN OUR VEINS: TORI AMOS; jazz from the 1910s thru the 1950s; the Riot Grrrl movement; punk; blue grass; early hip hop; trip hop; folk; industrial and gothic; Indian sitar... Oh, and the one album in the world I can't live without?
My TV: Cold Case Files; American Justice; Adventure Time, Parks and Recreation; The Oblongs; The Simpsons [pre season 11 only with VERY rare exceptions], Arrested Development; Exit 57; Strangers with Candy; The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; MST3K; The Colbert Report; King of the Hill; The Critic; Futurama; The Kids in the Hall; All in the Family; SOAP;
My Film: Addams Family Values; A Dirty Shame; Alice in Wonderland; A Night at the Opera; A Streetcar Named Desire; A Trip to the Moon [1902 version]; Better Than Chocolate; Blazing Saddles; Boogie Nights; Bonnie and Clyde; Brave; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Bringing Up Baby; Bugsy Malone; Bus Stop; But I'm a Cheerleader; Chicago [2002 version]; Corpse Bride; Dr.Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb; Duck Soup; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Female Trouble; Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Forest Gump; From Hell; Girl Shy; Godspell; Good Will Hunting; Gypsy [1962 version]; Hairspray [1988 version]; Heavenly Creatures; Howl's Moving Castle; If These Walls Could Talk 2; It[1929 version]; It Happened One Night; Juno; Mommie Dearest; Moulin Rouge; My Man Godfrey; Network; Office Space; Paprika; Pecker; Persepolis; Pink Flamingos; Polyester; Return to Oz; Rushmore; Safety Last; Serial Mom; Seven Years Bad Luck; Six Degrees of Separation; Slums of Beverly Hills; Spirited Away; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs [1937 Disney version]; Strangers with Candy; Stranger Than Fiction; Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story; Taxi Driver; The Addams Family; The Adventures of Robin Hood [1974 Disney version]; The Doors; The Freshman [1925 version]; The Golden Compass; The Graduate; The Great Dictator; The Nightmare Before Christmas; The Wizard of Oz; Tipping the Velvet; To Kill a Mockingbird; Tootsie; WALL·E; Welcome to the Dollhouse; What's Eating Gilbert Grape?; Up; Where the Wild Things Are; Who Framed Roger Rabbit?; Wristcutters: A Love Story [also almost anything with Marilyn Monroe, or by John Waters, or with Clara Bow, or a Silent comedy, or by Georges Melies]
My Books: A Man Without a Country; She's Come Undone; Persepolis; Myrtle of Willendorf, Breakfast of Champions; The Revolution of Little Girls; Cheaper by the Dozen; Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: the Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Free Society; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; White Oleander; American History Whitewashed; Shock Value; The Missing Piece; Crackpot; Where the Sidewalk Ends; Hip:a History; Change of Life; CUNT: a Declaration of Independence; any Bloom County collection; Backroads; Brain Droppings; Napalm and Silly Putty; A People's History of the United States; In the Land of Winter; I Know This Much is True; The Prophet; The American Poster:1945 to 1975; Reviving Ophelia; Collected Cartoons of the New Yorker; The Sandman [entire series]; Girl Interrupted; The Lovely Bones; The Woman's Room; The Collected Onion [any volume]; America the Book: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction; The MAUS series; 50 Facts that Should Change the World; Collected Poems of Emily Dickenson; Areas of My Expertise; Runnin' Wild: the Life and Times of Clara Bow; Me Talk Pretty One Day; Holidays on Ice; Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim; Naked; Forever Barbie: the Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll; Evolutionary Witchcraft; Fall on Your Knees; Hey Dollface; The Heart of a Witch; and hundreds more I'm forgetting.....
My Heroes: My aunt Mary, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Amy Sedaris, John Waters, and Herbert Kornfeld