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What Makes an Art Monster #deptofspeculation

“My plan was to never get married. I was going to be

an art monster instead. Women almost never become

art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves

with art, never mundane things. Nabokov didn’t even fold his own

umbrella. Vera licked his stamps for him.”

Dept. of Speculation, Jenny Offill (2014)

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< A R T   M O N S T E R >

  • insomniac
  • frequently moody
  • generally irresponsible
  • irrational in finances, i.e. buys books / lit mags with credit cards
  • impulsive, i.e. might kiss a stranger or leave house without pre-determined destination
  • values psychotherapy
  • uses prescription or recreational drugs
  • quotes people like Nietzsche, Proust; references Anne Sexton, Gertrude Stein, Nabokov
  • easily distracted, easily b0red
  • late, always late
  • when in love, desperately in love; when lonely; desperately lonely
  • always thinking, always creating
  • highly judgmental of everything, including self
  • needy, narcissistic
  • unapologetic
  • unaware of social codes or unwilling / unable to follow them
  • perpetually unstable, like an old building that could teeter over at any moment
  • lives & breathes art; all else seems insufficient, intangible, lacking substance and taste, airy and forgettable
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