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7.3.05  

ON THE MULTITUDE OF DISTRACTIONS TO BE ENCOUNTERED WHILE MAKING LOVE TO THE CAP-DE-L’HOMY PLAGE


Quite a few people have asked me what on earth this story is about.

First and foremost, Multitude is simply a surreal love poem to the Cap-de-L’Homy Plage, a sublime section of the French Atlantic coast to the north of Biarritz. Quiet even in summer. Big rollers. Stupendous views. Warm sand. Yumm.

It also represents my interest in non-linear narrative structures. Life is linear insofar as we’re born and we inevitably die, but other than that? The in-between part? Life is fragmented and usually random. Thought processes are the same. Yet, the way we behave and think is more often than not recorded contrary to this axiom. Many so-called realistic novels, for instance, are anything but: characters plod through predictable scenarios, enjoying linear and predictable thoughts. Stories are supposed to have a beginning, a middle, an end. Stories are supposed to have a resolution.

So, why the USS Scorpion, 9/11, a Dick Francis novel and African visages? They’re just fragments of the mind, things that I may have been thinking about, in no particular order, whilst laying on the beach. They’re also connected, but only if you want them to be.

I don’t think Multitude even needs to be a text story; rather, I see it as the equivalent of a painting, itself based upon a dream sequence. I’d like to see short texts like this published on advertising billboards, or hanging in the Tate Modern. Multitude is a painting, it just so happens to have been painted in Times New Roman.

posted by Dan | 21:54


3.3.05  

If masturbating to the muzak of Phil Collins appeals, then your life is virtually over. In which case, finish yourself off by reading American Psycho.

posted by Dan | 23:31
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