taboos

Max Beckmann. Medea (1949-50). National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

The title means exactly what the words say: naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.                                 William Burroughs, Introduction to The Naked Lunch
That book seethed up from forgotten shallows while I watched a recent episode in the third season of House of Cards. Robin Wright’s character, Claire Underwood, wants to avenge herself on a male diplomat who has slighted her. In a previous scene, he scanned her body, and told her how good she looked in the dress she was wearing. Continue Reading