Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I, The Hunger Artist
I am in my 21st.day of water + 200 gram boiled chicken or fish diet. My blood pressure went down to normal: 120/80 and I have lost 15 kilos.
The pic illustrates Kafka’s 1922 story “The Hunger Artist.” Greatly admired in his youth, the artist is now aging and interest in his art is waning. As he grows despondent over this lack of interest he decides to break the forty day “rule” and just keep going. As he is about to die from starvation, the artist explains his real reason for being a hunger artist wasn’t to be the best hunger artist there was but rather, “Because I couldn’t find the food that I liked. If I had found it, believe me, I should have made no fuss and stuffed myself like you or anyone else”. Unconvincing, I say.
Addenda: It ocurred to me, could I charge the public for watching me? I need an impresario.