26 Mar 2007 • 1,219 views
on the headphones its William S. Burroughs
"A Thanksgiving Prayer"
"Dr. Benway Operates"
and "Words Of Advice For Young People"
Once upon a time I was in a court, in a witness box, completely naked, stood in front of a jury.
It was January 2001 and I had been continuously unclothed for about 3 weeks by then. I wasn't the only person without any clothing in that court either. Among the wigs and suits and security uniforms there was also Vincent Bethell. He'd been continuously naked for the past 6 months.
Now in court there is often an emphasis on the idea of the existence of facts. Which poses a challenge to anyone who doesn't believe in the existence of any air tight absolutes. Generally I tend to circumvent statements of "fact" by prefixing what I'm saying with expressions such as "its my belief that blah blah etc etc .........."
So in answer to something the prosecution had tossed my way, I said to the court, "its my belief that the unclothed human appearance is not a crime."
The judge said to me "We're not interested in hearing your beliefs. We're only interested in the facts."
So in order to continue to do my best to help win this particular game, (which we eventually did), I had to remove the "belief" pre-fix and then of course re-state the exact same information as "a fact".
And therefore I said "The unclothed human appearance IS NOT a crime."
archive image: The Human Appearance in Public Space at the start of the 21st Century