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The Short Form

“Lessons for a Dead Hare”

Mario Bellatin


There is a nightclub located near the docks on the Hudson River. It operates next to one of the largest meatpacking warehouses in the city. It is known as The Mother, although some visitors call it by other, even more symbolic, names. On certain occasions the entertainment consists of watching men jerk off, as a demonstration of the greatest pleasure it is possible to achieve. At the end of the show, it is customary for a gigantic cow's heart to be brought onstage to be gnawed on furiously by the participants. In spite of what some may think, the presentation provokes the jocose more than the perverse. The scene seems somehow related to the work of the German artist Josephy Beuys.

We read it in A Public Space: 5.