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“Camp is extravagant play for serious ends” —Karl Keller / “Camp is a great jewel, 22 carats”—Kenneth Williams / “Camp is pink flamingos”—Philip Core

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“Camp is a mode of perception”—Fabio Cleto  /  “Camp can be taken on two completely separate levels, and make perfect sense on each”—Evelyn Satz  / “Camp’s favourite colour is pink”—Mark Booth

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“It is now life and not art that requires the willing suspension of disbelief.” —Lionel Trilling

Artists are low key astronauts. Instead of going to the moon, they sit back in their studio and make the moon

—Michael Bassey Johnson

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“You can tell a more over-the-top incredible story if you use a nonfiction form.” —Chuck Palahniuk

Rain Polish 1

All tales now wending
This one begins
In the alternate endings
Refreshed by rain

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order

—Jean-Luc Godard

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“It is the difficult horses that have the most to give you.” —Lendon Gray

 

Skittish colts
Wobbling knobby knees
Jumping jocks

The wildest colts make the best horses

—Plutarch

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“With parody, you’re referencing and sending up a particular genre, and mostly your material is going to be taken out of that genre.” —Marlon Wayans

Too Real 1

Tapping lazily, but doggedly, the lovelorn poet composes a song in praise of his dream amour. To deliver it, though, he is demure: cowered by a muzzle like a dog’s, voice like a frog’s, moves like a bump on a log. Oh, for a way to extend his compliments to the one he adores, without rudely awakening her scorn!

I’d like to say that parody is a celebration of a person’s specific characteristics, as opposed to mockery

—Ana Gasteyer

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“Letter writing is the only device combining solitude with good company.” —Lord Byron

 

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Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth

—Friedrich Nietzsche

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“I can find my biography in every fable that I read.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fox Bait 1

Aesop’s fabulous grapes, the fox mocks—
Too tart for a smart cur’s decanter!
Moral of such slanderous banter:
By Aesop’s vine is sly eyes outfoxed.

With foxes we must play the fox

—Thomas Fuller

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“If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the distant lips of a seashell.” —Curtis Tyrone Jones

It's a Beach 1

sand pirates with shovels and pails
excavate tidal pools
capturing waves of wayward whales
soft hermit crabs in shells of snails
urchins on break from schools

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few

—Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” —Tom Robbins

Now It's Play 1

So I ask this geezer, rocking beside me on the porch, “Hey Gramps, how do you want to feel when you grow up?” The geezer laughs so hard he rolls off his rocker.

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm

—Aldous Huxley

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“…I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I’m a spring leaf trembling in anticipation” —Maya Angelou

Picking Up Birds 1

At the bird house of art;
that is, in other words,
the Met, in Central Park;
it’s cool to pick up birds.

When I became director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was stodgy, gray, run by elitists. I said, ‘Hey, let’s kick the thing around.’ I wanted to attract young people to the museum. I said, ‘Make it hospitable. I want them to come. I want them to make dates, pick up girls, pick up boys – either way; I don’t care’

—Thomas Hoving

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