From: Rose Mulvale
Mon, 28 Nov 94 23:52:39
Subject: one

Found myself defending 'net culture' today. Or making an attempt....

The Alien views those who use the 'net for any but the most practical of purposes to be lonely misfits (emphasis on 'lonely'). (As if loneliness were somehow shameful, a secret vice)(or curable with a little self-discipline). A normal mind has other, more 'social' things to do.

[My point, Alien: this is the becoming-normal, the social-now- and-future; this is its _fascination_.]

But the loneliness pinched a little. How many of us here in this Beautiful Place are 'lonely misfits'? (And how many lonely misfits and _proud of it_...?) Alan speaks of loneliness, but maybe that's the loneliness of genius?

I am lonely. Would rather be alone and lonely than *not*-alone and lonely..... lonely with options than not-lonely with no options.......

(Well, of *course* - sometimes! But that's what you are for, isn't it?!)

[The Alien considers his case rested.]


Date: Tue, 29 Nov 94 03:54:54
Subject: the Alien & poetry

The Alien says why do I write poetry?
I say I don t write it it happens
He says he doesn't understand it.
I say you re not supposed to understand
You re supposed to feel
He says I'm crazy.
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 94 23:39:14
Subject: the Alien and net-to-real
The Alien says, 'Look at that!'
It s a picture of yet another net met couple
He says, 'She's quite attractive, but look at *him*!'
I say the loving happened before the physical was known
I say it s too strong to be destroyed
He says I'm crazy.

Date: Wed, 30 Nov 94 03:26:07
Subject: the Alien and late nights
The Alien asks, 'Why do you spend half the night on the net?'
I say I m not sleepy
I say there s so much to see
He says, 'You're smart. Smart people don't do this.'
I say wise people beautiful people do
I say I find them every night
He says I'm crazy.


Date: Wed, 30 Nov 94 10:26:15
Subject: the Alien and gay

The Alien asks, 'Doesn't the net attract gays?'
I say I ll look
I say not so s you d notice

I say why

He says, 'Skimmed an article in a magazine....'
I say if true is this important
He says I'm crazy.


Date: Mon, 5 Dec 94 02:03:24
Subject: the Alien & my social life

The Alien says, 'Why did you leave the party early?'
I say because the fun part was over when the presents were opened
I say because I wanted to visit with my friends
He says, 'Where did you go?'
I say pennsylvania new york montreal uk norway oz like that
He says I'm crazy.


Date: Tue, 13 Dec 94 11:36:23
Subject: the Alien and love

The Alien says, 'Why do you look funny this morning?'
I say this look isn t funny
I say this look is in love
He says, 'What's going on?'
I say I m being seduced seduced by beautiful words
He says I'm crazy.


Date: Wed, 14 Dec 94 00:34:23
Subject: the Alien as prude

The Alien wants to read something I've written for my friends.
I say here how s this
He says, 'Have you no shame?'
I say no time for shame
I say shame is wasteful
He says I'm crazy.


Date: Fri, 16 Dec 94 07:02:20
Subject: the Alien and lost love

The Alien says why so glum?
I say a net relationship has ended
He says, 'For God's sake, get a grip! That isn't Real!'
I say just real enough to hurt
I say I m going to miss him
He says I'm crazy.


Date: Tue, 7 Feb 95 23:36:54
Subject: The Return of the Alien

The Alien says, "Tell them not to praise you like that."
i had shown him a copy of simon s message
He says, "Tell them it makes you impossible to work with."
i say what makes a woman impossible i wonder
and here is one answer          self confidence
He says I'm crazy.

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