Here we are now, entertain us.

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I don’t know what Kurt Cobain intend­ed and frankly don’t real­ly care. I tend to be irra­tional­ly biased against some­one who takes a shot­gun to their head and leaves their tod­dler father­less, no mat­ter how tor­ment­ed they might be. However, the line does hold some sig­nif­i­cance for me. It sug­gests a more press­ing demand: “You say this is the most fab­u­lous din­ner par­ty in town, so here we are now, enter­tain us, show us what you’ve got, what all the fuss is about, the hoopla, the brag­ging and hype, the rea­son we had to leave every­thing else and come here.”

All dressed up with nowhere to go.

It’s what some­one post depres­sion might ask in a nut­shell. “Now that the scales have fall­en from my eyes, allow me to try on those rose-col­ored glass­es you seem to love so much.” Well there were no scales, and those rose col­ored glass­es are just that: shades mask­ing a grey and indif­fer­ent real­i­ty.

There is no objec­tive world out there wait­ing for us to see it for what it tru­ly is. Those of us who are hap­py tend to advise and cau­tion the rest who are not, while fail­ing to real­ize or maybe even choos­ing to ignore the fact that mere con­tente­ment does not qual­i­fy any­one to be a life coach. Nor does pri­or expe­ri­ence because it assumes that the men­tor some­how man­aged to side­step (or fall into but sur­vive) the same pot­holes in which the pupil is now entrenched. When a phi­los­o­phy is adopt­ed whole­sale, it becomes a dog­ma, just as when reli­gion is embraced with total aban­don, it becomes fanati­cism.

Here we are now, enter­tain us. If life is one big din­ner par­ty, I nev­er make my choic­es à la carte. The options may be less appeal­ing and the effort more demand­ing, but I always go for the buf­fet.

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Corinne May 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm

This is by far my favorite blog post from you to date. Worlds can't express how happy I am to see you write this and may I say I knew you were talented in so many ways, (architecture, photography, film) but you amaze me everyday with the way you put words together...so as I said, I have no words aside from this quote (hope you know where it is from=)

"Hemingway has his classic moment in "The Sun Also Rises" when someone asks Mike Campbell how he went bankrupt. All he can say is, "Gradually, then suddenly." That's how depression hits. You wake up one morning, afraid that you're gonna live."
x

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Meedo May 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

The Black Swan, which I haven't started reading yet. :) Love you. x

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Corinne May 7, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Wrong. Prozac Nation. I am assuming you haven't ever got around to read it after my endless amount of nagging, so watch the movie instead one night, I would love to hear your review on this. HABIBI

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Meedo May 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm

OK which should I read first?

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Samsam May 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

"but I always go for the buffet."

Interesting...

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Meedo May 7, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Care to elaborate?

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SOOLY May 8, 2010 at 3:34 am

Meedz, you can't imagine the smile i had on my face while reading this post.

My battery needs 4min before it dies. But I just read this... And just couldn't not to comment on it.

Some order a la carte, other pick the buffet, and few order the Plat du Jour.

Would love to elaborate more tomorrow.
x

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Corinne May 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

Read Black Swan first, and Prozac Nation another time, it is a little depressing, but a great read. (or watch movie, I really enjoyed it too, but no justice to book). I am LOVING Black Swan and I really think it is a good read for you now as it will help in the way you think about the big picture and being as far away from normalcy as possible concerning ideas for empire=) Plus so many things he writes remind me of you! Loving you from Romania!

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Meedo May 9, 2010 at 12:28 am

Can't wait. Damn you Turkish Airlines!

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Meedo May 9, 2010 at 12:29 am

Loving you (all of us!!) from Beirut!

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monataha May 9, 2010 at 9:32 pm

What ever you go for, the buffet or a la carte, i just hope that you will make use of your talents,and they are numerous, and then iam sure that you will gain a lot except extra weight :)xx

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Meedo May 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Hahaha! Thanks for the encouragement. x

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