X = X

X marks (…) spot.


XL, X-acto, eXlover, eXhale, eXacerbate, eXcon, eXalt, eXcerebrose, eXarate, eXcept


Let x = x

Laurie Anderson

I met this guy – and he looked like he might have been a hat check clerk at an ice rink. Which, in fact, he turned out to be. And I said: Oh boy. Right again. Let X=X.

You know, it could be you. It’s a sky-blue sky. Satellites are out tonight. Let X=X.

You know, I could write a book. And this book would be thick enough to stun an ox. Cause I can see the future and it’s a place – about 70 miles east of here. Where it’s lighter. Linger on over here. Got the time? Let X=X.

I got this postcard. And it read, it said: Dear Amigo – Dear Partner. Listen, uh – I just want to say thanks. So…thanks. Thanks for all the presents. Thanks for introducing me to the Chief. Thanks for putting on the feedbag. Thanks for going all out. Thanks for showing me your Swiss Army knife. and uh – Thanks for letting me autograph your cast. Hug and kisses. XXXXOOOO. Oh yeah, P.S. I – feel – feel like – I am – in a burning building – and I gotta go. Cause I – I feel – feel like – I am – in a burning building – and I gotta go.

These lyrics, let x = x, are from the strange, amazing album Big Science, 1982, Laurie Anderson.  I listened to this album so much that lines from it are a part of my speech, my way of looking at the world.

eXample: it’s a sky blue sky. I see the sky this way now, not as blue, but, sky-blue. Am I the only one who feels the simple, powerful, beauty of this?

eXample: the satellites are out tonight.  I say this out loud or to myself every single time I see a satellite and for some reason, I feel more human when I do.  And…

I feel….


Let X=X

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