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Creek Running North
January 04, 2006
I promised myself I would abjure the drive-by political post, no matter how great the provocation. But I didn't figure on it getting this personal. In another weird rant from the Women's Studies Set, Amanita Marcotte seems somehow to think - first off - that I call myself a liberal, and secondly, that posting this photo somehow negates my progressiveness.
I realize you're from Texas, Amanita, so let me explain something with which you might not have had any experience. It's a little thing we have here in California called "nature." Unlike in your neighborhood in the Austin suburbs, we do not pave every last bit of it. And so it grows things.
So fine, rant all you like. I'll be worrying about the important shit.
Update: I feel I should take this opportunity to remind Ms. Marcotte - whom I once respected a great deal - of the legal precedent set by the US Supreme Court in the case Rubber v. Glue.
Update again: This is just getting way out of hand, even for an hysterical feminist like Amanda Marcotte. She's gone too far this time, accusing me in comments to the above-linked post of "spoofing" my "IP number" to "evade" an alleged "ban." This, of course, is utterly libelous, which is to be expected from a feeling liberal ENFP like Amanda. She has damaged my future earning potential as an information theorist, and so she'll be hearing from my attorneys, who are not at all imaginary.
Posted by Chris Clarke at January 4, 2006 07:21 PM
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I'm really confused. Is there something about amanita muscaria that's feminist? Not feminist? Liberal? Not liberal? I just thought it was an hallucinogenic mushroom. I didn't realize it had other political properties. Please, what am I missing?Posted by: Rexroth's Daughter at January 4, 2006 07:36 PM
actually they haven't completely paved over Texas.
But they should.Posted by: craig at January 4, 2006 07:36 PM
WTF?Posted by: dread pirate roberts at January 4, 2006 07:40 PM
I'm thoroughly confused too. You two had a thang goin' on? Your pet names for each other were the names of mushrooms?
This is a collaboration, you two are confederates, a way to build blog traffic?
YOu are mocking feminist litcritter theory?
I mean, I never mean to denounce mushrooms, but it is a favorite insult to hurl at people who live in shit and grow in the dark?!Posted by: Bitch | Lab at January 4, 2006 07:45 PM
Chris, your petulant fit-throwing is childish. Anyone can pretend that they're a big man with tons of lawyers on the internet. Even those of us who are 3 foot tall hunchbacks who live in cardboard boxes with only a laptop equipped for wireless to our names.Posted by: Amanda Marcotte at January 4, 2006 08:04 PM
That was suppposed to be our little secret.Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 4, 2006 08:05 PM
Looking at that second mushroom picture, I hafta know: why just the sprinkling of cat litter, instead of, say, the whole bag?Posted by: spiritrover at January 4, 2006 08:26 PM
wow, this is so...cute.
zzzzzzzzzzzPosted by: ethan at January 4, 2006 10:00 PM
Lucky for you there's much more interesting stuff to read somewhere else.Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 4, 2006 10:23 PM
What's funny is, you and Amanda have me so disoriented I can't tell whether you and ethan are actually arguing or not.
Mommy and daddy, STOP!
Don't ask me to take sides!
(But I always liked your blog better than Amanda's anyway.)Posted by: Auguste at January 5, 2006 01:18 AM
Jim Croce's dead??!!???!!!
Wait. Who's Jim Croce?Posted by: Kevin Hayden at January 5, 2006 02:17 AM
Spit take. Well done.
But I admit to a moment of Auguste's reaction first.Posted by: Stephanie at January 5, 2006 05:28 AM
Kevin, I wonder if anyone besides you and me understood that little literary reference.
("Great! I love Pigpen!")Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 5, 2006 06:40 AM
I am completely lost....What was funnny or not funny about this? Or is this an inside joke?Posted by: Guest name at January 5, 2006 07:43 AM
The only thing missing from this post is the addition of Jackson Pollock, attached to a non sequitur.Posted by: Roxanne at January 5, 2006 09:23 AM
Unfortunately, Guest name, I don't have enough time to explain all the different ways in which this isn't funny.Posted by: Chris Clarke at January 5, 2006 09:28 AM
I think you should stop badgering Amanda about the mushrooms already.
Badger, badger badger badger, mushroom, mushroom...
She's gone too far this time, accusing me in comments to the above-linked post of "spoofing" my "IP number" to "evade" an alleged "ban." This, of course, is utterly libelous, which is to be expected from a feeling liberal ENFP like Amanda. She has damaged my future earning potential as an information theorist, and so she'll be hearing from my attorneys, who are not at all imaginary.
Wow, you must be really bored and/or in crazed procrastination mode to be making PD references! What is it with your obsession with that sad, sad man? Let it go, Chris, let it go. Heck, even *he* has.Posted by: Dr. Virago of Quod She at January 5, 2006 11:18 AM
Sorry, I now realize Amanda started the PD references. Perhaps she has a thing for aviator-style glasses.Posted by: Dr. Virago of Quod She at January 5, 2006 11:21 AM
This is either a parable or a very subtle joke.Posted by: Charles at January 5, 2006 11:33 AM
i am not sure if i should laugh or be jealous.
Family fights are the worst.Posted by: biosparite at January 5, 2006 01:05 PM
oh chris, that's a hoot. and amanda, I completely get why you were bored last night. even the restaurants were deserted - I think 90% of austin was in front of a TV set. I know because I checked on it.
chris, to soothe your loyal if currently worried beasties maybe y'all can link back to posts where things really were getting out of hand .... I'd do it myself but I'm short o' time.
In the hopes of making all this much much crazier i would refer those who are not at all interested to the work of Clark Heinrich, one of the foremost experts on the historical and contemporary uses of the sacred amanita. Google his name and you will understand. His books are filled with an assortment of reasons why commie pinko leftist types should be very afraid of white men who wear ritual costumes that appear to look like a rising inflating engorging bolus of the emerging fruited body (and i am not being the list bit sarcastic here). People named Clark are awesome.Posted by: spyder at January 5, 2006 03:22 PM
I haven't had this much fun since Chris ripped me a new one when I admitted on Pandagon to experiencing schadenfreude whenever a cyclist is clipped in San Francisco. As somone who for years gracefully bore the sobriquet "Dougie the Druggie", I concur with Chris that Amanda is proving EP right about an inverse relationship between having a sense of humor and the number of Women's Studies classes one took as an undergrad. Nice barb.Posted by: DP_in_SF at January 5, 2006 03:57 PM
The cheapest form of attack is to make fun of someone's name. You should know you're dealing with Anathema Marcotte, not Amanita.