This is a screenshot of a piece for sale in Ze Frank’s webstore.
I am a big fan of anyone who motivates and inspires me and Ze Frank is certainly one of those people, so what I am about to do is not designed to take away from him or what he does.
Maybe this isn’t outrageous to you and maybe it isn’t to me either, but seeing the cost of a simple page-long blackout poem be quite this high made my eyes widen. This isn’t the most strangely priced thing in the store, either. For example, you can pay 250$ for Ze to whisper words of encouragement into a jar and mail said jar to you.
Honestly, good for him that he has reached a level of notoriety and gained a fan base such that he can afford to advertise a deal like this one.
I don’t know if it’s sensible or if it is fair. All I know is that I was hesitant to charge more than $10 for a little book of poetry that I cast out like a homemade toy boat into an interconnected ocean of eyes who were mostly never going to see it.
I am not an Internet personality and I do not have a cult following.
I wrote poems for four years and I bound them and sent them away.
I made a little bit of money but only about as much as Ze Frank will make off of one sale of a whisper in a jar and that’s okay. I didn’t go into this expecting to sell my page-long blackout poems for $50 and it’s still not something I expect or even desire to do.
So my offer to you is this:
I will buy a used copy of Moby Dick and I will make and mail you a blackout poem from one or two or up to five of its pages. I will do as many as I can before I’m left with just the hollowed out cover, and then maybe I’ll do a different book.
Most importantly, I’ll do it for free.
Wherever I go, I meet myself.– Tozan (via u1a)
You’ve watched 72 minutes on Megavideo.– Satan (via vintagesouls-)
damn, jesus, you smell so good
this is so funny to me right now
Giancarlo Esposito (aka Breaking Bad’s Gus Frings) as Buggin’ Out in Do The Right Thing
The “preach” to end them all.
In all seriousness, I’ve really been trying to ditch the attitude that I’ve developed over the years.
Apathy is just emotional laziness and I have nothing to gain from interacting with the world half-heartedly.