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May 23, 2008

Good God A’mighty

it’s a topless holy card!

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1 | By: kathy a. on May 24, 2008 at 11:47 AM

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quick!  get john ashcroft!  he knows what to do with nekkid lady art.

2 | By: Ron Sullivan on May 24, 2008 at 09:42 PM

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OH lord. Ever conjure up in your brain a right-wing ludicrous animatronics wax-museum funhouse?

3 | By: VS on May 25, 2008 at 09:13 AM

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The great Aphrodite by Phidias
Once shocked the ultra-fastidious
Til certain old aunties
Then dressed her in panties
Which made her look perfectly hideous

My “Child’s Book of Scurrilous Verse” had an amusing little drawing that went with this…

4 | By: Ron Sullivan on May 25, 2008 at 10:35 PM

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Hey, I only read the Bible for the interviews.

5 | By: VS on May 26, 2008 at 11:39 AM

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I read it in 5th grade, because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  Wasn’t my idea of a good read, but I got through the whole thing.  Never felt the urge to reread it.

6 | By: Peter Mc on May 31, 2008 at 08:01 AM

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Well, not much doubt about what the church wanted the artist to represent her as.  There’s some bonkers renaisssence stuff in Italy too: the blessed virgin Mary (with holy child) with a breast out, expressing milk.  Of course, it shoots right up into the sky and becomes the stars. 

Don’t paint under the influence of ergot, guys.

7 | By: VS on May 31, 2008 at 10:00 AM

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Oh, so THAT’s why it’s the Milky Way!

8 | By: Ron Sullivan on June 1, 2008 at 07:31 AM

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“Two walking baths, two weeping motions,
Portable and compendious oceans.”
                    (Richard Crashaw, 18-ought-something IIRC, on another Virginal bodily fluid)

There’s an interesting intersection of hypothesis between the influence of dangerous drugs (deliberately ingested or not) and really bad judgment/self-editing sometimes. Sometimes one has to wonder if the loopiest drugs aren’t of endogenous origin.

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