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Dec 27, 2012
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The Vampire Test

The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși refused to hang out with Pablo Picasso because he thought Picasso sucked all the energy and ideas out of the people around him. (Brâncuși hailed from the Carpathian Mountains, and he knew a vampire when he saw one.)

Brâncuși practiced what I call “The Vampire Test.” It’s is a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life:

If after a night of hanging out with someone you feel full of energy and ideas, that person is not a vampire.

If after a night of hanging out with someone you feel exhausted and depleted, that persion is a vampire.

The vampires in your life can’t be cured. Your best bet is to stay away from them. As Lynda Barry said, “You cannot fix Dracula by trying to convince him to just party in the sun with you.“

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The Vampire Test

The Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși refused to hang out with Pablo Picasso because he thought Picasso sucked all the energy and ideas out of the people around him. (Brâncuși hailed from the Carpathian Mountains, and he knew a vampire when he saw one.)

Brâncuși practiced what I call “The Vampire Test.” It’s is a simple way to know who you should let in and out of your life:

If after a night of hanging out with someone you feel full of energy and ideas, that person is not a vampire.

If after a night of hanging out with someone you feel exhausted and depleted, that persion is a vampire.

The vampires in your life can’t be cured. Your best bet is to stay away from them. As Lynda Barry said, “You cannot fix Dracula by trying to convince him to just party in the sun with you.“

More from Show Your Work!

Oct 22, 2012
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I think that I love society as much as most, and am ready enough to fasten myself like a blood-sucker for the time to any full-blooded man that comes in my way.
— Henry David Thoreau, “Not Exactly a Hermit” (Two vampiric quotes from HDT in that piece: “How to get the most life… . How to extract its honey from the flower of the world. That is my every-day business.”)

Aug 07, 2012
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Show Your Work! Episode 1: Vampires

A short video about Picasso, Brancusi, and how to tell if you have a vampire problem in your life.

New animated video series I’m working on!

Jul 22, 2012
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[A friend reminded me of something I had forgotten about since my daughter was born. She was describing this what-have-I-done feeling – I just got everything perfect in my life, and then I went and messed it all up by having a baby. I don’t feel that way anymore, but the thought certainly crossed my mind a few times at the beginning. Eventually you just fall in love and forget about everything else, but it’s not a very comfortable transition. I compare the process to becoming a vampire, your old self dies in a sad and painful way, but then you come out the other side with immortality, super strength and a taste for human blood. At least that’s how it was for me. At any rate, it’s complicated.

May 26, 2012
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Picasso, the vampire

Here’s a fun art story about the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși and Pablo “Art is theft” Picasso, from John Richardson’s A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 (Vol 3).

Brancusi, who’d had several of his sculptural ideas ripped off from Pablo, “was anything but an admirer of Picasso or his work”:

[He] disapproved of [one of] of Picasso’s fundamental characteristics—one that was all too familiar to the latter’s fellow artists and friends—his habit of making off not so much with their ideas as with their energy. “Picass is a cannibal,” Brancusi said. He had a point. After a pleasurable day in Picasso’s company, those present were apt to end up suffering from collective nervous exhaustion. Picasso had made off with their energy and would go off to his studio and spend all night living off it. Brancusi hailed from vampire country and knew about such things, and he was not going to have his energy or the fruits of his energy appropriated by Picasso.

Lynda Barry has a bit where she talks about choosing to hang out with werewolves instead of vampires. I tried to find it online, but all I found was this bit, which I think Brancusi would’ve dug:

Sep 21, 2010
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Near Dark (1987) directed by Kathryn Bigelow

[The vampires on True Blood] are the most pussy vampires I’ve ever seen.  I like my vampires like the one’s in ‘Near Dark,’ the Kathryn Bigelow masterpiece where they all ride around in a Winnebago and kill hicks.- Tony Fitzpatrick

Western + vampires = bad-ass. Some really great shots. Recommended.
Near Dark (1987) directed by Kathryn Bigelow
[The vampires on True Blood] are the most pussy vampires I’ve ever seen. I like my vampires like the one’s in ‘Near Dark,’ the Kathryn Bigelow masterpiece where they all ride around in a Winnebago and kill hicks.
- Tony Fitzpatrick

Western + vampires = bad-ass. Some really great shots. Recommended.

Sep 13, 2010
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The most pussy vampires I’ve ever seen. I like my vampires like the one’s in ‘Near Dark,’ the Kathryn Bigelow masterpiece where they all ride around in a Winnebago and kill hicks. The ones on ‘True Blood’ all look like underwear models in search of their first shave. As vampires go, these guys are a bunch of tampons.
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