Gregory Stanton gregory.stanton at sbcglobal.net
Wed Nov 15 16:19:46 PST 2006

He's skinny, and he used the word "virus" in a song.
If he is HIV positive, he doesn't look like it. He
just looks thin.

BTW, people with HIV are pretty healthy these days.
You rarely see anyone wasting away, as you did circa
1995 and before. Some people with HIV have a certain
kind of facial wasting caused by protease inhibitors,
called lipodistrophy. The fat from their cheeks and
temples is absorbed by their bodies, giving them a
sunken appearance. Jandek does not look like he has
lipodistrophy, or any other disease. He looks
perfectly healthy to me. Some people are naturally
thin. We all should be so lucky.

--- Ratan X <ratanx at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Nov 14, 2006, at 7:16 PM, Mister Born (to you)
> wrote:
> > There is no reason to think that Jandek has AIDS,
> that he has cancer,
> > or that he painted his teeth.  Jesus.  Until
> anyone has personal
> > knowledge of anything, let's let literary devices
> be literary devices
> > so that conjecture about a person who is an
> *actual person* can be
> > responsible instead of hyperbolic.
> This is a really good point. Music seems to be the
> only art where  
> some people believe that the author of the song is
> speaking from deep  
> personal experience. Nobody ever assumes Stephen
> King (for example)  
> is a werewolf or Charles Schulz owned a baseball
> playing beagle.
> Cheers,
> Ratan
> "We went to a new musical that just opened, called
> Oh Africa, Brave Africa. It was a laugh riot."  -
> Patrick Bateman
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