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Tempête dans un bénitier Tempest in a holy-water basin
                Le Souverain Pontife avecque The Pope with
                Les évêques, les archevêques His bishops and his archbishops
                Nous font un satané chantier. Makes a devilish mess for us.


                Ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils perdent They don’t know what they’re losing—
                Tous ces fichus calotins All these wretched priests—
                Sans le latin sans le latin Without Latin without Latin
                La messe nous emmerde The Mass is shitty—
                jnds of frequency or intensity—
                se change en eau de boudin—changes into black pudding water—


                The precedence effect, the fact that a sound seems to come from the direction
                from which it reaches us first, is bad for stereo, but highly desirable in

                everyday life. When someone speaks to you in a hard-walled room, you hear
                all the sound as coming from his or her
                mouth [speaker indicates mouth]
                even though much of the sound that reaches you has been
                reflected
                                                    from the walls—
                her power over me is (what is the word?) silence—
                whistles arrow from whirlwind—rain through his heart—
                           say what I’m called
                        and who rouses & calms my
                                                                   power!—
                It is characteristic of the mass media that the figures in them are all absent,
                not there, can’t be touched. This is also true of books, which were in a sense
                the first of the mass media. Speaking to G.P. Skratz, I extended this idea to the

                Catholic “Mass” as well. The Mass is still another “mass” medium, an attempt
                to reach as many people as possible. At the beginning of the Mass, Christ is
                (and remains) profoundly absent, has not returned—and the Mass is,
                precisely, a fictional assertion that this is not the case, that Christ is in fact
                “present.” (“Faith” = “the evidence of things not seen, the substance of things
                hoped for.” Fiction!)
                —the possibility that her disasterous relationships with men arise out of the
                desire to prove her mother right. “Men are such beasts—”
                Too bad you didn’t come with us to the restaurant. We found it (with a little
                trouble) & had just been seated when suddenly in pops Ishmael & Callahan &
                Alta & everybody so we all sat down together & ate too much Italian food &
                had a very nice time
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