Saturday, November 17, 2012

Assassination (Poor Isadora Duncan)

I have always been enthralled with the idea--or myth-- of murder by small appliance. One could suddenly cast a hair dryer into a full and occupied bathtub. The murder victim must be someone with whom you are intimate. [The vulnerability and the horror of the shower scene in Psycho!] Could this ever be premeditated or is it always a spontaneous act? Why not choose a gun for something so immediate, or poison, for such a betrayal? What action to take if death does not occur? Scramble for the toilet tank lid? I feel that this has led me to a certain mistrust of home appliances. Who can hold a hair dryer without a bathmat under their feet and feel secure? Every trusted object could turn on us. Every person harbors potential to harm. Philip K. Dick knew.

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