You know I have this crush on Mary Ruefle, remember? (I actually believe her remarkable book of lectures; Madness, Rack and Honey, to be amongst the most extraordinarily thought-provoking books ever published). As luck would have it, my generous friend Ann knows my obsession, and today she very kindly supplied me with a link to Michel Klein’s fine essay: ”The Pleasures of Magical Thinking – On Mary Ruefle”. It’s a very informative text and might also be enjoyed by those of you who have yet to get to know Ruefle.
They were aesthetes, which means
I was forced to eat a hard peach,
commissioned to paint a twelve-foot abstraction
based on watching host cells collaborate
in bacterial infection, and at night
chewed the soles of their mukluks
till they were soft again.
If I ventured outside the igloo and saw a celebrity,
I felt so inferior
I wanted to die.
To conceal my envy
I was given dark glasses.
(mary ruefle: Among the Musk Ox People)