April 7th, 2004

Dildo-swinging, anyone?

Lam Nguyen's job is to sit for hours in a chilly, quiet room devoid of any color but gray and look at pornography. This job, which Nguyen does earnestly from 9 to 5, surrounded by a half-dozen other "computer forensic specialists" like him, has become the focal point of the Justice Department's operation to rid the world of porn.

So who will be Mapplethorpe2? Any volunteers? Perhaps there will be the NEA 8 instead of just 4. I've gotten too old to take my clothes off on stage for the fun of it, but I will be happy to advise anyone interested.

Start small. A glove... A rose...

Then enjoy saying, "fuck your obscenity charges", without missing a musical beat.

Seriously, any artists out there who's work might be "obscene" by a stretch of the censoring imagination?