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Outtakes and Extras from
|continued/extended ending for "Location! Location!" by JoeAnn Hart|
|the first couple pages of BJ Hollars' "Gutted" (fill-in-the-blank style)|
|The End Lands: In Which My Beautiful Long-Legged Now Born Niece Visits the Sutro Baths, excerpts of story by Claire Vaye Watkins with photos by Lise Baker|
|an epilogue for Alicia Gifford's "Gravitas"|
If there is any question why “shooting a moon” is thought to be funny, imagine what it looks like. The element of surprise is great. When looking through a window we might reasonably expect to see a different kind of pale round object looking back at us; our expectations are, so to speak, upended. We have been shown a visual pun substituting loins for head.
The initial audience reaction is shocked disbelief and surprise at such a gross situational impropriety; the targer individual is “grossed out” by the introduction of taboo material. This is followed by the flood of laughter observed by Freud, or embarassment or shame at being caught looking, or even more rarely, outrage, depending on the ultimate situation arrived at by the audience. The loss of composure and face by the victim triggers the elated release of laughter in the youths, and the sound often helps the victim interpret the situation as humorous. The symbolic nature of violation involved in this act or anal aggression may be lost if the performer is male, as largely seems to be the case, and the victim is female: the act is then subject to interpretation as one of the compulsive psychopathic exhibitionism.
Maybe that’s why, growing up in that most suburban of suburbias, the most exciting thing to do in South Jersey was mooning. I’ve mooned people since I could pull down my pants. I have mooned as an altar boy from the sanctuary, keg parties, across hallways and into classrooms. I moon at wedding receptions. I moon drivers as they ride the bumper of my wife up the Turnpike.
Through her kitchen window, H. observed defendant blocking C.'s egress. She went outside as her husband, G., drove up. G. parked his truck and yelled at defendant to leave. Defendant smirked, put up his fists, and challenged G. to fight. As the two men approached each other, C. leaned out the window of her car and yelled to defendant, "Hey, Bob, for the life of me I can't figure out why God created you." Defendant responded by pulling down his shorts and exposing his buttocks to C.. While his pants were still down, he turned around to face Baber. Seeing his "dark frontal area," C. turned her head. H. saw half of defendant's exposed buttocks as he was pulling up his pants.
G. and H. urged defendant to allow C. to leave, but defendant remained combative. When G. said that he was going to call the sheriff, defendant replied, "Go ahead, you chickenshit." C. asked H. to call 9-1-1; she did so, and Deputy B. W. responded. G. told W. that he saw defendant's buttocks and genitals and that he saw defendant expose them to C.. At trial, however, G. stated that he saw defendant's buttocks but did not see his penis.
Mrs. Coppin, for her part, could clearly see a man who had lowered his trousers, stuck out his bare rump, and slapped it with his hands to draw attention. Her daughters, for their part, stated that they had not seen this nudity, but had heard the slapping sounds and taken them to be applause for the play. … Mrs. Coppin and her daughters withdrew themselves immediately after this indecency occurred, at which point they saw the Sieur de Villers become furious when he heard the news of what had happened. They heard that others who had been in the room also withdrew, indignant.
Signed: M. Roussin; R. E. Coppin; V. Coppin
|"Carapace" lyrics, "by" Pearl Jam, by Alicia Gifford|
|Mix and Match! Deleted Sentences from “Our Lady of Sabattus St.” by Amy Clark|
|Outtakes and Extras from "Mooning: A Short Cultural History" by Daniel Nester|
|Lumberjacks Visit Camp Interesting by Lydia Conklin and John Woods|
|Collages by Guy Brookshire, inspired by Blake Butler's "Smoke House"|
|Some photos by Mike Young of murals, which may or may not have inspired his story, "Stay Awhile If You Can"|
|Everything Google Knows About Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, compiled by Mike Young|