Like a typical suburban Goth - Crabapple is from the affluent, very white Five Towns on Long Island — the teenage Jennifer Caban believed her very ordinariness, her advertising-induced tastes and her parochial conformism were all really an array of fascinating eccentricities. Her tumblr is called Demographic of One ; even her narcissism is textbook.
Caban, more insufferably, unfolds these hackneyed scenes of her childhood as if she were in truth even more captivating and rare a creature than she imagined herself at In fact, her self portrait gives the impression she was as spectacularly unimaginative then as she is now, though scarcely more ignorant.
Nietzsche and Sade did not become household words because they were obscure cult objects of refined elites but because they are the perennial, never-out-of- print canon of middlebrow, and they got that way with the immensely popular gesture of flattering the mediocrities who gorge on them with suggestions of the daring and naughtiness of their enjoyment of adolescent power fantasies and dreams of being cruel with impunity.
Books showed me a future.
I hid books in my lap during classes. Shielded by the leaves, I sank into reading. The world faded. The sky grew dark. I pretended I was grown.
The experience the author relates having had in Paris might really entirely have been had in Epcott Paris. Reading this memoir, it is almost painful to imagine the blinkered mind of a 17 year old that could be so focused on building a brand and outfitting it with snapshots for a press kit and little vignettes for her future memoir that she could remain aloof from the roiling artistic and political life of the city then. This was beforeand European capitals were all asizzle with what would unfortunately turn out to be the peak of altermondialist activism, doused into dormancy by the terrorist attacks in NY.
But nobody anticipated that then, and the feeling in Paris was of a heady intensification of a periphery-led, global movement aiming seriously at the overthrow of capitalism. I remember Mary, an American Goth, with her Wednesday Aadams dress and her black lipstick from whom I now suppose Caban must have copied her first Crabapple cheesecake look.
Toad or Peter Pan, at EuroDisney. The failure to depart from the narrowest subjective self centred narrative makes the memoir more CV of a pr flak than reminiscences of a thoughtful person, recounting the dull details of the course of every paycheck and career milestone as if the only genre of book she will ever know is marketing manual. I ignored them.
To the neighborhood guys, I was just another gentrifying white girl, pushing them out of their homes. We hear nothing of the feelings of her nameless Williamsburg neighbors as gentrification, of which she is a footsoldier, expels them. But we do hear that she kept her rent controlled apartment there even after moving to her Manhattan loft.
In an earlier publication, Crabapple boastfully confessed that she devoured marketing advice books avidly in her teens and 20s, but she has since revised this part of her character and history. Now Crabapple claims she was some kind of anarchist when first in Paris, which makes her isolation even stranger, but she has left enough fragments and hints of her younger self strewn about the internets to suggest she was really an Ayn Rand libertarian, as ruthlessly devoted to maximally mountebank entrepreneurial endeavours as the trend in her cohort was against it, and it shows.
And here is where the memoir of self-mythologizing traces out the probable secret history, because everyone at Shakespeare and Co. While her peers were becoming involved in efforts to halt the advance of capital in its reconquest of the earth, Caban was figuring out how to sell herself as that burlesque dancer spy who could infiltrate and betray them.
To infiltrate the no logo maroons from commercial culture and sell them back into sponsor bondage, that was her brainwave.
Where others saw a bunch of topless cartoon girls, Richard saw weapons. He saw my jaggedness, my insecurity.
After all, the research says that youth market is politicized and anticapitalist. Crabapple is savvy enough to know this is the market she needs to tap.
Because she is an utterly talentless artist, Caban has to suit her pitch to the very limited range of shit she can produce — basically copies of Betty Boop and various cartoon animals, to which she adds genitals and sadistic violence probably because the smuttiness allows her to sell to a market that is not very refined of judgement, whereas her Betty Boops and cutesy cats are actually not good enough for more discerning children. The business stationery her consultants provided featured as logo a line drawing of herself in a Madame de Pompadour wig, corset and pannier, an exceedingly obvious post-modern gesture to the machinery beneath social appearances.
She once discussed this Crabapple branding strategy quite frankly in a now deleted youtube video when she presented herself in pigtails and pinafore, with her natural hair color, as a Victorian Little Nell type stripper. Of course she never gives up her porny line, knowing the timeless profitability of Girls! After this revelation, and her realization that she can scam audiences pretty easily pretending to be involved in Local Sluts Caban PR political ferment around Occupy, her racket begins to take off. For this is the story of a brand, and a scam, and how Jennifer Caban as Molly Crabapple got Famous and well remunerated as the agent of capital and empire in the spaces of dissent and resistance.
We see her develop from the lowest rent disaster capitalism — e.
Thus through Crabapple, the oppressor acquires the credibility of the oppressed, and is able to exploit their victims even after death, and even to exploit the victimization inflicted. They chronicle violence without being violent themselves. Mi padre argued politics with me beginning when I was eight, making me cry until I learned my way around an argument.
From that point forward, no one ever made me cry again, except the men I loved. He stared at the battered s. Then another officer offered me a glass of tea. The cops seemed identical now: just men, and frightening because of that. Then one cop laughed. I started to cry. The cops looked at each other. The guesthouse owner followed me everywhere. As I walked through the ruined impossibilities of Ishak Pasha Saray, he stayed close behind me.
I ignored him, turning my gaze instead to the mountains. Snow dusted their tops, and the sky was vast above. Afterward, he insisted on driving me to see a crater near the Iranian border, through ro dotted with military checkpoints, while blaring quasi-legal Kurdish music from bootleg cassettes. It was a crater, but I looked at it politely, while he stared at me hard.
The next afternoon, he presented me with a set of plastic jewelry. But in the mountains it was just the two of us. It felt melodramatic, but not inaccurate. This has been an adventure. I would never have the right to travel or to take up space. Butterflies danced, and Ishak Pasha Saray shimmered pale gray against the mountains.
I looked at the guesthouse owner, ashamed to be crying. During her entire three months sojourn in Turkey, much of it spent in Istanbul, Caban has no interaction with any woman that seems worthy of report; the lustful Turks all leave her paralyzed with disgust and in tears; the European Tarzan however earns her immediate adoration and incites her immediate lust: it is his due, and her political and ethnic loyalty is proven by her ready tribute.
All that is really going on is shielded by these cartoon archetypes and topoi. The episode leaves a strong feeling of concealment, as does much else in her autobiography, in and out of this book. There is a lot of simple whitewash: she has completely erased from Drawing Blood her important association with the white supremacist hacker Weev for example.
She has erased from the web photos of her atNames, demanding US intervention in Syria, and she has erased her social media calls for a no-fly zone. And other kinds of holes - she spends many s placing herself at the scene of Zuccotti Park and unrolling a bolt of now-standard kvetching about the drum circles, the crustpunks, the GA, Susan Sarandon, the odious everyone nobodies who get their say, the stacking, the twinkling, the viper-like leftists, indeed everything, but forgets to invent for herself a politics or an objective that would have drawn her there, leaving it — inadvertently one assumes — clear she was only there briefly between jaunts to London to network with more famous micro-celebrities, to try to intercept limelight and to re-brand.
But in all her product, there is also the kind of curious residue of patterns that forms in the ruts and pocks where what had to be hidden was gouged out. Crabapple made no attempt to speak to anyone who ever met the subject, anywhere, except for his lawyer and the Gitmo officials.
Not in France, not in Afghanistan, not his family, his teachers, his friends, his colleagues, his mentors, his spiritual guide, his travel companions, his medical carers, the innkeeper whom she recounts armed him, people who purportedly sold him for bounty, not his torturers, nor any of his dozens of released former prison mates. But to help us not notice the astonishing paucity of reporting here, Crabapple repeatedly describes the agonies and ordeals of her performing her supposed job, and pictures herself laboriously manipulating her keyboard or pen as she is berated by officials and receives praise and thanks from the objects of her charity.
I imagined pairs of office workers holding hands by their windows, then jumping together into that clear September sky. Before we left the hangar, a moth landed on her collar, its wings blending with her camo. She stroked it gently with one finger.
It was an incongruous gesture, an appreciation for beauty in a place that had none. They were collapsing now, packed with moldy Victorian chairs, like decommissioned dollhouses. Dead lizards lay rotting in the weeds.
Butterflies fluttered. Sparrows nested in the razor wire. The overgrown grass made Camp X-Ray feel like a relic, as if nature could take back the horror. At X-Ray, Sharon watched for hours as I drew. As brutal as the sun burned me, Sharon, in her army uniform, had it worse.
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