June 30, 2006

Goodbye, Acidman.

I just couldn't read you. Couldn't get around the way you used the word "cunt." Couldn't put up with "nigger."

But I know you touched a lot of lives, and I understand that you were a magical writer. And any friend of Juliette's is a friend of mine.

I wish you peace, and the God I believe in is flexible, so I have high hopes that if there is life after death, it's treating you a lot better than the one here did.

Be well.

Posted by Attila Girl at June 30, 2006 08:01 PM | TrackBack

That's the second time you've said the c-word in a week! That is the only word in the english language that makes me uncomfortable. I feel like I did something bad just by reading it :)

My one experience with reading gut rumblings was that I happened on his site when he was in rehab thanks to being called out on-line by his friends for being a drunk. While in rehab, he asked people to send letters to an old lady in there with him who was not receiving support from her family.

That seemed pretty considerate of him, so I sent her some jokes, and the wife added some girly crap to lend support. We both felt pretty good for doing this tiny thing we did to help someone we didn't know.

So I didn't know him, didn't really read him, but I'm glad he lived.

Posted by: Kevin at July 1, 2006 03:40 AM

I'm rather fond of the word "cunt," but I think some people overuse it. Applied to people, it's essentially a gender-specific form of "asshole," but I'm one of the few for whom it still has a sort of Anglo-Saxon eroticism, not unlike "fuck"--which remains the most versatile word in English.

Acidman lost me when he published a huge screed against Venomous Kate, comparing her to his ex-wife, the "bloodless cunt." I could never get over the sense that he was a racist womanhater. But it appears I might be wrong.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 1, 2006 06:47 AM

You were right. And also wrong.

An essentially contradictory nature.

Posted by: k at July 2, 2006 10:42 PM

Well, that would explain the fact that he was attractive to women--we do, after all, love our lost, tortured souls. Bad boys are so Byronesque.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 2, 2006 11:16 PM

Yes. Ladies are painting their toenails red all over the world. Some have vowed to leave 'em red all summer.

I was not a fan, myself. I followed along because of the blogwars and drama over Livey - i AM a fan, there.

So I've been pondering all this, and the strangely powerful effect his passing away had on me. That resulted in my only two posts all week:



People who aren't raised in the South can develop a sort of stereotype mind-set about Southerners. That's a form of bigotry, of prejudice - which, of course, is part of the stereotype of the southerner.

As always, those pre-judgements make them unaware of what great things they really ARE missing. Acidman was an intelligent and complex person; taking him at face value, as so many did, was silly. They lost. Big time.

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