November 07, 2003

This is old news, but possibly new here.


Writer Shelley Jackson invites participants in a new work entitled "Skin." Each participant must agree to have one word of the story tattooed upon his or her body. The text will be published nowhere else, and the author will not permit it to be summarized, quoted, described, set to music, or adapted for film, theater, television or any other medium. The full text will be known only to participants, who may, but need not choose to establish communication with one another. In the event that insufficiant [sic] participants come forward to complete the first and only edition of the story, the incomplete version will be considered definitive." Read the rest of the announcement here.

I am, as you can perhaps imagine, participating like a mofo. I've signed all my forms and whatnot, and I'm just waiting to get the letter telling me which word I'll be. Feel free to question my sanity, express interest, rhapsodize, express skepticism, flame, or otherwise comment.

Posted by dianna at November 7, 2003 12:03 PM

wow, this is so cool. but i think i would rather be the artist than the art (which is possibly my whole problem with tattoos in the first place).

Posted by: didofoot at November 7, 2003 12:12 PM

#1 - dianna, you are crazy and you are my hero.

#2 - "The author will make every effort to attend the funerals of her words." how great is that shit?!

i can't wait to see your word! when will you know???

Posted by: erica at November 7, 2003 12:33 PM

i just read most of her webpage. dianna, this is awesome. had you read a lot of her stuff before? i ditto everything erica said. if i was a huge fan of shelley jackson i would do this too. i'm tempted to anyway. i wonder if she needs more volunteers. fascinating. i am curious though how the volunteers are going to get to know the whole text if it's never written down anywhere.

Posted by: michele at November 7, 2003 12:44 PM

Ms. Foot, I propose a deal. I'll become a non-drinking bartender, and you become a non-tattooed tattoo artist. We'll be in this together, albeit in entirely different professions, places, and working hours. It'll be a great bonding experience.

Erica: That shit is pretty fucking great. I should get my word... I have no idea? Whenever she gets around to mailing it. She's had like a week since I mailed in my consent forms, but then, she's mailing stuff out to 2094 other impatient people too. And they all don't seem to understand how important it is that I take precedence! Selfish bastards.

Posted by: dianna at November 7, 2003 12:47 PM

Michele: I read the story about the cancer and I'm fucking in love with her writing. And I'm sure she does need more volunteers; the last count of participants stands at 650, and while that's a few weeks old I doubt the number has tripled yet.

Must... not... talk you into participating... must... not... isn't... ethical.... oh hell. Do it! Do it!

Posted by: dianna at November 7, 2003 12:50 PM

Ms. Na (na na na na na): It's a deal. But why separate ourselves from one another so cruelly? How's about I set up my tattoo racket right there in your bar? People get drunk, people get tattoos. It's a perfectly logical transition.

Posted by: didofoot at November 7, 2003 12:54 PM

i can't do it. i want to. i think it's brilliant. but i can't do it. if it was an author i LOVED then i would be all over that shit. but an author i've never heard of before in my life? i can't find it appropriate. but i'm happy you're doing it.

Posted by: michele at November 7, 2003 02:37 PM

Whew. It's the best of both worlds here. I vented my intense desire to try to persuade you, without actually having to feel guilty for talking you into it (because talking someone into getting permanently tattooed is totally wrong).

Ms. Foot: It's brilliant. I'm there. We'll have to be careful in choosing a location for our bar-and-tattoo-parlor, though. Did you know one town somewhere in the northeast passed a bylaw requiring a 48-hour waiting period for tattoos? Something like that could destroy our business.

Posted by: dianna at November 7, 2003 06:18 PM

wait a minute... did she write a book called "written on the body"? i mean, i suppose i could go upstairs and see if that is indeed the author of the book tanya gave me a year ago and i still haven't read, but that would take too much energy.

Posted by: erica at November 8, 2003 01:52 AM

Noooo, that was Jeanette Winterson. I've also got something of hers that I was given a year ago (maybe more like two years) and still haven't read. I think if she were doing this project I'd be less than thrilled about it, since her writing kind of bogs me down.

Posted by: dianna at November 8, 2003 10:12 AM

i am relieved, now that i think about it. she bogs me down too, that's why i haven't read her book even though i've had it for a year.

p.s. if you read kati's page, please note that i don't actually think you smell bad, or like monkeys.

Posted by: erica at November 8, 2003 06:17 PM

Winterson's The Passion is pretty good.

Posted by: sean at November 8, 2003 07:55 PM

Monkeys? Monkeys? Now I have to go see what this is all about.

Gut Symmetries is the name of the Winterson book I have. So if you're wondering if she's written less boggy books, and would like to try and read such a book... don't make it that one. Find something else.

Posted by: dianna at November 8, 2003 09:18 PM

i read 'oranges are not the only fruit' a couple of years ago and did not sink into any bogs. or boogers. or boogie men.


Posted by: michele at November 9, 2003 12:18 AM

hey so what word did you wind up getting?

Posted by: didofoot at March 10, 2004 02:34 PM

are you just going around re-reading everyone's blogs? first sean's and now dianna's?

Posted by: michele at March 10, 2004 02:40 PM

yes. yes i am.

Posted by: didofoot at March 10, 2004 03:07 PM

i think her word is "and" but she hasn't gotten it yet.

Posted by: michele at March 10, 2004 03:13 PM

can she do it under the enormous "choose" on her back and then underneath all that say "the choice of a new generation"?

yes, i think she can. choose and!

Posted by: didofoot at March 10, 2004 03:24 PM

And is not the choice of a new generation. Said, is the choice of a new generation. That is my word, complete with the comma (although not the capital letter). And no, I haven't gotten it.

....she said, thinking wistfully of the day she would get a job and some money and be able to start work on the modification backlog. I mean, you already knew that, but I wanted an excuse to use my word in a sentence.

Posted by: dianna at March 10, 2004 03:33 PM

that's right! with the comma. i am pretty excited about the comma.

Posted by: michele at March 10, 2004 04:01 PM

i love that i have friends with "modification backlogs." it makes me happy. so what else is in the queue? You'll have to fill me in while I'm there. And you know when I'll be there? SIX DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry, I kind of got distracted just then)

Posted by: Jolie at March 11, 2004 01:44 PM


So are we having any kind of Jolie get-together while we have a Jolie with whom to get together???

Because if we are, I will not only fill you in on the rest of the backlog, I will go so far as to squish my ears at you. That's right. Squish. It's just my special way of showing I care.

About squishiness.

Posted by: dianna at March 11, 2004 03:02 PM

I don't think there is a get together planned just yet, but of course I would not be against one. I know that Erica has many lesbian events on our "things to do schedule" but that really is a whole separate category. If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears...squishy stretchy ears!

Posted by: Jolie at March 11, 2004 04:32 PM

there is a BIG get together planned, that being the movie premiere, of course! but we can definitely do other get togethery things, when we are not hangin' with the lesbos. btw, jolie, i saw mateo the other night... he inquired after you. i forgot how short he is! anyway...

Posted by: erica at March 11, 2004 09:16 PM