Jenny Magnus

On the theme of Attention:

"...It made me feel a little scared to think that maybe there’s a whole class of things that I'm unaware of. That I am un-self-conscious of. And that I'm going to be forced to pay attention to. I can't quite see how I'm going to stay in the present if there are all of these things I have to pay attention to.  It all goes by so fast, it’s confusing, and I feel like I'm not really in control of it. Like it’s sweeping me along and I only have time to pick up on a few things..." Cruise Control, The Willies, 1993

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After everything has collapsed, who picks it up again?  Somebody has to get in there and just get started.  It’s all very well and good to decry the mess, lament the pain, but maybe something can be used again, once it’s been neatly sorted and organized.  Upon whom does this salvaging job land?  It’s a mess, but leaving it a mess won’t do.  Someone must start.  That’s all that’s needed.  A start.  On cleaning up the collapsed… whatever.  Think about the Trummerfrau, the women in Germany after WWII who climbed up on piles of demolished buildings and scavenged one brick at a time.  Jenny Magnus contemplates the difficulty and necessity of reclamation, and the possibility of delivering some goods.