Rant 101

Rant 101 is a series of grumps, howls, spits, grumbles and moans that have developed from the gentle art of trying to write something worth writing after three glasses of wine and whilst riding a bicycle. (ie: Nag)

As a way of applying some sort of structure to this, every rant is 101 words long and fitted to one A3 page. so far I’ve produced about thirty of them. I guess when I reach 101 that’ll be a good place to stop. I’m mainly going to post images of them pasted up though, rather than their texts. I like them in context.

These strange beasts were all experiments, somewhat in the style of Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays (but perhaps without her intense scope or madness or simple goddam skill), and i’ve been surprised that people have liked them so. Most vanished from the walls of this city over the first couple of days, but over the last year I’ve discovered that some people started collecting them. Leading to odd evenings when you go to a party somewhere you’ve never been before and discover some of your rants crumpled up and tacked to the wall.

That’s the way it is with writing though. By the time you finish something you’re sick of it, you think it’s the worst drivel ever produced, and you never want it’s pages to darken your door again.

So out they go, onto the streets and walls of the world.

why bother?

Posted on January 7, 2012 in Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

we live on the edges of roads

Posted on January 7, 2012 in Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

Posted on December 20, 2011 in Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

food

Posted on December 20, 2011 in Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

This is a terrible rant101, and I hope everyone realises that it’s satire…

Well, if all thoz darkies workin 80 hour weeks in call centres & saving for scooters or wotever wanna call us up for once & ask us how we got our jobs when we’re too thick to speak Bengali, if they want our 4wds, ipads, townhouses, weekends & degrees in making up the rules, if they wanna reverse the charges or the tables on us well it’s too late, mate, innit? Cos they have to stop bein selfish now wid their exploding populations & tiger economies & wotnot becuz the worlds fucked & we all have to share the responsibility togetha, eh?

 

 

Posted on October 21, 2011 in Nag, Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

craft (rant101)

In some arts circles “Craft” is a dirty word. Circles of idiots, I fear. If you wish to understand a medium, work with it. There is no way in which working with your hands makes the work your head does less valid & the best practicioners of the things we term fine arts speak of what they do as their craft. I don’t trust architects who can’t build, writers who don’t read, or artists who can’t realise their own work. Those who scorn craft scorn it in the same way that the illiterate scorn literature. It’s not scorn. It’s ignorance.

Posted on October 20, 2011 in Nag, Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

an ideology vs ecology rant

THERE IS A WAR ON BETWEEN RIGHT & LEFT, CONSERVATIVE & LIBERAL, OLD & NEW. BUT WHEN WE DRAW OUR BATTLE LINES OVER ECOLOGICAL DIVIDES AS WELL AS IDEOLOGICAL ONES WE FORCE PEOPLE TO CHOSE IDEOLOGY OVER SENSE IN ORDER TO FIT IN. HUMANS AREN’T REALLY INDEPENDENT THINKERS, WE’RE HERD ANIMALS. WE THINK LIKE OUR FRIENDS IN ORDER TO BE THEIR FRIENDS, WE IDENTIFY WITH VEGETARIAN OR MEAT-LOVER, GREEN OR ACT, IN ORDER TO BELONG TO OUR CHOSEN TRIBE. BUT SOME ISSUES SIT ABOVE SIMPLE IDEOLOGY. NONE OF US SHOULD LIVE AS IF THERE’S NO TOMMORROW. OR THERE WON’T BE.

Posted on October 20, 2011 in Nag, Random, Rant 101 | Leave a comment

Fruits & Vegetables and auckland ranting

We pay export prices for fresh food that we produce. An avocado is now an investment & frozen food’s cheaper than fresh. Our two supermarket chains have ceased to compete and found ways to “add value” to one of the last unprocessed things in our lives. Someone’s making a lot of money out of what goes from our fields to our tables. And now our government wants to regulate farmers markets, the last chink in the wall, the last way we can meet the people who actually grow the food we eat. Who is this government? What do they eat?

Posted on October 15, 2011 in Nag, Random, Rant 101 | 1 Comment

Rant 101

Roars, grumps, howls, spits, grumbles and moans totalling 101 words each:

 

Posted on June 9, 2011 in Rant 101 | Leave a comment