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Thursday, July 23, 2021

runnin' bear it
I cannot look at this photo and not crack a smile. The ursine-headed road-runners are, of course, Sweden’s own Teddybears; and judging by that M7 Harlem bus behind them (are they fleeing the front-loaded display ad of Katie Couric?) and the surrounding buildings, the road they’re running must be 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas.

Why the Teddys are jogging in full hitman-like black suits and oversized bear heads is beyond me. Possibly, they just finished laying a remix on some song, like the electro-guitar treatment they gave to the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive”, and felt the need to blow off some steam. Better than the usual bearish outlet of mauling someone, I suppose.

I’m thinking a natural fit for a future Teddybears collaboration would be a remix on their musical-motif cousins, Grizzly Bear. Veritable bruin-brewin’ in the recording studio.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/23/2009 11:53am
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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It’s inevitable that the story of Daniel Sueno, a cave-dwelling ascetic who rejects any and all uses of money, would be framed as some sort of extreme alternative to a mainstream life that’s been buffeted by the Great Recession. I guess it’s only under this period of economic duress that an average schmoe can even begin to entertain the possibility of ditching the rat-race altogether — until it becomes clear that the lifelong creature comforts that go with that racing also get ditched.

Nevertheless, Sueno’s choice — basically living as an American version of India’s sadhu, or wandering holy man — is a bold one. I’ll point out that, just like any other homeless person, he owes his continued well-being to the leftovers from the same societal structures he’s rejecting (and there’s a million ways to rationalize that, from the repurposing of trash that’d otherwise be destroyed to misgivings over the broadcasting of his example). But he’s living out his choice, and thus fulfilling his bliss.

The previous paragraph should tip you off that I’m highly skeptical of this endeavor, philosophical underpinnings and all. However, there’s certainly plenty of food for thought, including his money quote from Sueno (yes, pun intended!):

“Money represents lack. Money represents lack (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”

A certain currency to this construct, to be sure. (Sorry, can’t resist the punnery today.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/23/2009 11:06am
Category: Creative, Society
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