art & soul

Eating crow, Margaret Cho style

Image source:  culturedvultures.com

Image source: culturedvultures.com

I ROTFL* teary-eyed when watching Margaret Cho, one of my favorite stand-up comedians. She contorts her face when imitating her mother. She shocks when she recounts her bizarre sexual encounters. She inspires when she crusades against social injustices.

So it's only fitting that this week's Art & Soul project involves writing and telling a joke. Another punchline I had in mind was more Margaret Choish. I decided to go the mild route with a tinge of Cho. Here goes ...

What the hell does “eating crow” mean? I know people figuratively eat it when they’re proven wrong. But what is the crow? Is it a bird? . . . humble pie? . . . Jim Crow? Like there’s a public service announcement that says . . .

“For the racist in your family, give a gag gift to one with the gift of gab ... like a box of Crow, a treat for the one with sh*t for brains.“

A laugh track, a groan, or crickets goes here.


*ROTFL teary-eyed

*ROTFL teary-eyed

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt

Me: My name is Robert and I’m an artist.

Them: Hi, Robert.

Declaring the above statement feels like I’m standing in a group of recovering addicts. But instead of saying it to overcome an addiction, I say it to affirm my commitment. Answering the call to create was something I’ve set aside for years. Then, the urge to make art became overwhelming.

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In the past, I’ve treated this branding as a blessing and a curse. Like a milestone reached on a path of stepping stones or,  like The Scarlet Letter worn by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine, Hester. I’ve surrendered to the impulse to lead visitors to observe God’s gifts. I will wear this glorified badge as I establish more permanent marks.

Shown is a coded message on a t-shirt I’ve marked up. What does it say?

Why not mark up a t-shirt of your own? Supplies include a t-shirt, a lettering stencil (optional), a permanent fabric marker and cardboard to protect the opposite side from bleed marks. Use gentle care in washing and drying the t-shirt.

Now get to coding and creating.