time for love
with empty calories
Each month GZO Jones adds to his own pungent
aura by answering as many questions from our readers as he sees
fit. He swears he lives in Brazil, was part of the Beat movement
of the 1950s and 60s and recently recovered from a lengthy
coma. Want more? Check out the GZO
Jones Town Web site weve been there and all
we have to say is ... he hits his deadline, so who are we to
Dear Dr. Jones,
Please settle a bet (my friend and I agree to
let you decide): Who's a bigger liar, past President Clinton
or present President Bush?
Lying In Wait
Yours is a tough one, in that politicians and
their subterfuges can be debated like the relative worth
of baseball players. Which brings up an interesting idea
we have baseball cards and serial-killer cards, why not five-to-a-pack
Each card could contain your various stats:
waffling, vetoes, pardons, paramours ... even errors, caught
stealing and yes, home runs. Of course the gum would taste nasty
and be fortified with empty calories. Each pack would be incredibly
expensive and worth not nearly as much as the pundits would
have us believe.
As to the bet, you both lose. Make checks payable
to Ralph Nader or Michael Moore (or GZO Jones). Your choice.
Dear Dr. Jones,
Is rap "music" here to stay?
From a standard critical perspective, rap must
persist whatever its failings in the musical department.
Because it holds two important virtues: One is a certain visceral
power in brash behavior and violent imagery, and the second
is that of fantasy and its power. There is no more self-confident
music than rap, even if it is the most vituperative scene and
style since the Delta blues.
Back in the day, I anticipated the next Malcolm
X lecture like a Britney groupie with a backstage pass
as much for the medium as the message. I have always
adored rap and its coat of many colors ... from a drunken William
Burroughs versifying in the early 60s, to the Sugarhill
Gang and Steve Martin in the 70s, then on through Ice
T, NWA, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and now Outkast and DMX.
Surprised? Dont be. The good doctor
still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Heres hoping rap