Monday, August 13th, 2012
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On Colonies

"There is almost nothing better for your work than having someone cook and clean for you who is neither a relative nor someone you’re sleeping with."

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flossy (#1,402)

I, too, find that wiping my own ass stifles my, uh, expressive output.

Danzig! (#5,318)

@flossy No one ever said that great art is born from adversity

C_Webb (#855)

It's only 10 am on Monday morning and I'm already Ms. Hatey Haterson from Hatetown.

BadUncle (#153)

So, you're saying I can't poke the maid?

@BadUncle : That sure makes my summer artist-in-residence gig at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch seem like a waste.

BadUncle (#153)

@Gef the Talking Mongoose Where are we living? In Russia???

julebsorry (#5,783)

And here I am, trading labor for money like a sucker.

The 99% demands directions to the buffet line!

C_Webb (#855)

@julebsorry I am eagerly awaiting my basket.

@C_Webb : Sorry, but your tiffin is in another castle.

hershmire (#233,671)

Why so much hate? Yeah, I'm envious, but the whole idea is pretty cool. And it's a well written piece and it's not like he's taking a haughty tone.

C_Webb (#855)

@hershmire I see your point, but I think the castle, the peacock, and the Secret Leonard Lopate Staircase sent it over the line into the Bad Place.

hershmire (#233,671)

@C_Webb Ah, I chalk that up to poetic license. Also, it's Phillip Lopate. I don't think Leonard Lopate would bother to hop a fence just to look at a peacock.

@hershmire : Well, I certainly don't mean to dismiss the importance of full-service writers' colonies like the ones the author describes. I mean, without having a steady supply of fresh muffins or scones to nibble on while the resident chef prepared his choice of five breakfast options, Thoreau might never have completed more than the first hundred pages of "Walden."

Alternate take : Burroughs, "Naked Lunch", picnic baskets delivered by a lovely white-haired gentleman named Blake.

@hershmire : it's not like he's taking a haughty tone

I believe the neologism you're looking for is "humblebrag".

deepomega (#1,720)

What about methamphetamines? Really amps up the productivity.

Danzig! (#5,318)

Aww, grown-up camp! With all the irritation that comes with rapturous retelling of camp stories.

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