Commonplace

“We are a nation of TV watchers with an insatiable appetite for voyeurism and exposure. We watch movie and TV stars continually tease us with selected pastiches of their flesh showing through carefully designed gaps. The very fabric of the mass media is itself designed to show provocative folds, daring seams, and sudden partings pf materials. If one looked entirely between the lines of a television entertainment, one would find that the composition consists entirely of rifts, cracks, seemingly inadvertent openings, rips, tears, and oblique views. The real action in most entertainment is in the interstices. Our own actions in regard to these entertainments are usually passive, purely voyeuristic. Sometimes we do get up in the middle of the night to adjust the satellite dish to better pick up the teasing seams of space, but most of the time we just lie there. Then carnival comes, and suddenly, through carefully concealed gaps in our business suits and modest shifts, the flesh presses irrepressibly forth.”

—Andrei Codrescu, “Indecent Exposure,” New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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