OLESKER, MITCH ALLEN, AND THE MEANING OF WORDS
by Neil Tobias
I am sitting here looking at the swollen mail bag and I think it needs to be touched....HARD!!
Do you like Richard Sher?
First of all, thank you for writing to me and being a part of my "mail bag". Also, thank you for asking me such a hot question and relying on me for a time-sensitive answer. I don't know much about Michael Olesker because frankly I found his jounalism to be too "dad-esque". I like "Criss Angel:Mindfreak". Not his writing style, but his "magic style".
Apparently, Olesker didn't really copy ideas, he just appropriated specific information and facts from other articles. Do I have a problem with this? No. SO I AM PUBLICLY COMING TO THE DEFENSE OF MICHAEL OLESKER!!!! WRITING IS ALWAYS WITH STOLEN WORDS!!!
I happen to see what Olesker did as "dada-journalism" and a response to the senseless absurdity of World War One (TRENCH WARFARE, BEE-OTCH!!!). I just think it's fucked to react to a war that occurred almost a hundred years ago. As far as the issue at hand, there is a lot to be said for the "iterability" of language and the fact that all language is repeatable and therefore lends itself to "grafting" and "citation". I don't think it is the author that gives it meaning BUT THE CONTEXT!! Olesker freed a particular passage (that contained factual information) from its original author and its intended recipient and in a sense "repeated it" but with a DIFFERENCE!!!! He used it to serve HIS article and HIS particular point of view. SO WHAT WAS HIS POINT OF VIEW AND DID HE STEAL HIS POINT OF VIEW?!?!?! Also, if he was such an ace reporter THEN WHY WOULD HE WORK FOR THE SUN??!!!
As far as all this "plagiarism" bullshit: The voice is the privileged medium. (Warning: I am about to pronounce the truth correctly): WRITING IS FUCKED AND IT ALWAYS SUBVERTS MEANING!! I am so sick of my professors feeding my research papers into the computer to see if I stole a sequence of words. TALK TO ME!!!! ASK ME A QUESTION ABOUT THE GODDAMN PAPER AND SEE IF I STOLE THE WORDS!!!! I WILL TALK WHAT I WROTE BUT BETTER!!!
I recently had a convesation about writing with Mitch Allen of Sr-71 (we're buds). The entrance page of "mitchallan.com" has the word "Enter" followed by "Mitch Allen". It also features an "androgynous" picture of Mitchzilla himself. I told Mitch that it looked like he was inviting people to "enter him" which seemed sort of gay. Mitch tried to explain that it means"'Enter the site" to which I responded "WHAT YOU MEAN DOES NOT MATTER ONCE YOU HAVE WRITTEN THE WORDS!!!!" I am sorry, but this SERIOUSLY pissed me off!!! He was like "well, I can just tell people what I meant," and I am like "MITCH! YOU ARE NOT LISTENING!!! IT WON'T FUCKING MATTER!!!" I am like "They will accuse you of a million things such as expressing unconscious latent homosexuality, or naively reacting to societal structures or whatever they do with their literary voodoo. IT'S FUCKING VOODOO!!". So then Mitch is like "BO BICE JUST RECORDED 'MY WORLD'!!!" And I am like "Dude, a LOT of people think that song is about being a slut because of the ambiguous lyric "awake and a smile, cuz he's been inside of you." Then the whole conversation got VERY surreal because Mitch revealed that the song IS ABOUT A SLUT which made me realize that sometimes there is authorial intent and sometimes it IS accurately interpreted. So this makes me wonder: WHAT'S WITH ALL THE BITCHING!?!?
Well, I am off to meet some skinheads in Catonsville.
My name is Neil Tobias. This column is all about playing in a rock band and LIFTING WEIGHTS!! I also have Hepatitis C . I am new in town so please excuse me if I don't pronounce all your counties correctly. I will always however PRONOUNCE THE TRUTH CORRECTLY!