The following is an excerpt from the column Video Lies, a regular feature in the 1990s ‘zine Kraken Farmer, edited by Lucy Kurtz, available at Tower Records and Flyrabbit.
The Borrower. Dir. John McNaughton. Perf. Rae Dawn Chong, Pam Gordon, Tom Towles, and Mädchen Amick. Cannon Pictures, 1991. Film.
An ant informs another ant you’re punished now you’re a man.
“Make special note of Pam Gordon, very funny as a weirdly enthusiastic coroner who behaves as if she had been struck by lightning as a small child.” Vincent Canby, New York Times, Oct. 18, 1991.
She sees cells explode life.
I’m in a heavy metal band my friend Mädchen makes a video we scream “Oedipus wrecks!” Mom and Dad watch The Garbage Pail Kids Movie with headphones they don’t hear when “he took a face from the ancient gallery” when Valerie Vomit “that third blood type we haven’t been able to classify yet” vomits they don’t hear when Mädchen shotguns an alien dog through the French doors there’s a body but “there was no one / not a soul around.”
Overexert and revert with a blast. We are transient-alien in our bodies. We accept this as mortality, but for those thieves who hop bodies. Listen to the teeth click ins your new head. EMT: “Yeah. You wanna tell me where the head is or is that too much trouble?” OFFICER: “No trouble. There is no head.”
A homeless man’s body is a perfect hiding place.