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The “Blue Velvet” Project, #21

Second #987, 16:27

1. Double Ed to Jeffrey: “If you want to spray for bugs Jeffrey, it causes us no pain.”

2. “The black tradition is double-voiced.” (Henry Louis Gates, Jr., from The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism)

3. Valvoline.

4. Comet.

5. A “Danger” sign.

6. The backroom of a hardware store might be said to be a particularly American place, one whose codes are so obvious they are practically inscrutable.

7. The image at second #987 exists on the level of folklore.

8. One of the Eds is blind; the other sees for him.

9. “He drove into town and bought bread and milk and candles. At the hardware a butane camp stove. The supermarkets were full of people pushing overflowing baskets toward the checkout lines as if the countryside lay under siege.” (William Gay, from the story “The Lightpainter”)

10. The two Eds startle us as a weird echo of Grant Woods’s painting American Gothic.

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