Monday, December 25, 2006

Dear Yesenin,
"According to the World Health Organization, a woman is underweight if her BMI is less than 18.5...REAL women will rejoice at the news: waif-like models are being pushed off the catwalk," wrote the Times. If it were for esthetic reasons that Renaissance woman should walk the walk, then I'd feel less offended. But just look how REAL turns your guts when in the uppercase. It's almost as bad as anti-smoking commercials. Health is often just another ploy. Right or wrong, it makes no difference, the utterance is always backed by something else - something darker. Like this Christmas, my rather large Aunt said with a chuckle, "Thomas, you should put on weight. You're far too skinny!" I watched her waddle off to the bird in defeat after I told her to take a chill pill. I don't know why but I thought of Daria - that Prada, Thunder Perfect Mind video and Leonard Cohen's eyes in The Stranger Song Youtube video. Both are prayers, but one sounds like affirmation, like it was JUST discovered. The other is like a Muslim's Zikir. Prayer is the oldest utterance. It just is more holy when it is a tall skinny girl in Prada.
Always your devoted son,

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