The Dominion-Post has been running an entertaining series of interviews with diverse purported artistic types of no perceivable accomplishment.
A recent one was a delight, being an interview with a photographer, a long-haired bloke called Cody.
In the course of it Cody revealed how he’d gone to Japan, determined not to leave before “I found out who I am.” Plainly it never occurred to him to show his passport to someone who can read, which I assume Cody can’t, and they would have told him who he was.
Cody then advised he had published a couple of photo books which “follow him wherever he goes.” That I’d love to see. Do they hop, slide, ride a bike or a child’s pedal car when trailing behind him? Can they recite sonnets, juggle sardine tins and perform other feats besides following him about? We were not told.
Further on, when asked what he most enjoys about Wellington, he gave readers this pearler. “There’s a certain provenance to the architecture.” Cody, take note, everything that exists has a certain provenance. But best of all he advised, “It seems that all cities emerge from the ocean, stand for a short while, and then eventually return beneath the waves.”
Now it might seem like that to Cody but of the tens of thousands of cities in the world, so far not one has emerged out of the sea, let alone eventually slid back beneath the waves.
All of this nonsense the Dom-Post advised was as told to (staffer) Andre Chumko who I suspect is having a merry old giggle, making it all up. But if not, for his sake I hope he’s being paid danger money, for which there’s a precedent. That was with Truth newspaper back in the 1970s, then New Zealand’s biggest circulation newspaper. Their political journoes, with bloody good cause, negotiated and received danger money to attend the Social Credit party’s annual conference.