Q: Bob, to sum up – don’t you have any important philosophy for the world?

A: I don’t drink hard liquor, if that’s what you mean.

Bob Dylan Meets the Press (March 25, 1965)


Q: What do you want to be remembered for as a person and as a writer?

A: That’s an awful question. I don’t want to be remembered. I don’t want to die!

NY Tyrant interviews Diane Williams


The Mystery of the Enigma

Tintin is of indeterminate age; he can drive a car and shoot a gun but is said at least once by another character to be “hardly more than a child.” He is invariably called “the boy reporter” in the fictional newspaper and radio accounts that are quoted within the panels, but is never seen doing any reporting or writing nor is any such work ever otherwise alluded to. He has a nice apartment and a substantial library although no apparent income; his constant travel might be paid for by law-enforcement agencies–Interpol, maybe–since the trips always lead to the solving of some crime or other, but he is never seen being assigned, debriefed, supervised, or compensated. He has no parents or any relatives unless you count the all-male elective family he accumulates over the course of the series: Captain Haddock, the eccentric Professor Tournesol (“Calculus” in translation), and the twin detectives Dupont and Dupond (“Thompson” and “Thomson”). Milou (I can’t bear to call him Snowy) goes with him everywhere, including to the moon, where he has his own four-legged spacesuit. Tintin has a little tuft of blond hair sticking up in front, and unless he is in costume or disguise he wears the clothes of a jaunty youth of the 1930s, including plus-fours with argyle socks.

Luc Sante


The Mystery of the Enigma

Tintin passes increasing portions of his life with an unmarried seaman, yet it seldom occurs to us to question their rapport. Tintin never has a girlfriend, nor does he express the need for one, and that absence is part of his greater mystery. He has no parents or siblings. He has no children, of course, and we are unsure whether he counts as a child himself; like Peter Pan, the boy reporter never ages, being a person both of his time and buoyantly apart from it. He often dresses in plus fours, like a golfer of the nineteen-twenties, yet when he finally upgrades to flared brown jeans, in “Tintin and the Picaros,” we feel embarrassed and betrayed on his behalf. If he reminds me of anyone, it is Charlie Brown. Both characters are more profoundly understood by their dogs than by any human. Both, indeed, are barely characters at all, being a bundle of unchanging qualities–courage and curiosity in one, hope and defeatedness in the other–allied to the simplest of graphic gestures. An oval, two dots, a line that sometimes widens to an O: such is Tintin ’s head, and at moments of stress or shock it is surrounded by a bizarre halo of flying drops, though whether these are symbolic or sweaty I can never decide.

Anthony Lane


Tintin looking for a Captain Haddock! (w4m)

Must be at least 6 feet tall. I’m normal height (5'6") and Tintin is usually a head shorter than Haddock is. I’d prefer someone with a medium build, but Haddock was a bit pudgy when he first joined the comic so I’m willing to negotiate.

Have to be able to grow a full beard or willing to wear a prosthetic one. If using your own beard, it has to be dark brown or black, OR you’d be willing to dye it.

Know the character, kthx.

Being able to yell “TEN THOUSAND THUNDERING TYPHOONS” in a very loud voice a plus.


It must be admitted that, of all the wars in history,

that of Spartacus was the most just–if not the only just one, period.



Notes on Usage

I said, “Mrs., pronounced misses, to be construed as the conjugation meaning suffers the absence of.”

Gary Lutz


What does it say about me, my life, my living situation right now that this almost seemed worth considering?


Date: 2011-06-14, 8:18PM EDT
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On board!! lol
hello i have this old house boat that i need to find somebody to share with


the boat is mid size houseboat a nice porch,
it really needs some work, such as some of the wood is rotten etc
you get your own space in the boat, there will be electricity but no water yet
there is bathrooms and such in the marina
really close to coney island,
25 minutes to union square on the q train
you will only share it with one person ( me a musician )


first to move in it will be 600 dllars that includes the first month
then monthly is 350 a month

the boat it needs some work really so if you are looking for something fancy, well NOT here
this is a boat that its a nice project on progress

I would prefer, share it with
musicians, performers, painters, people into the arts, entertaiment lifestyle, buskers, street vendors, activist etc
but yeah

send me an email with info about you and any question i would love to share with you

also if i get another person, the rent mopnthly can be way cheaper like 180 a month

cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
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