About punctuation and capitalization…
A long time ago in a land far away, I was studying Bertolt Brecht and Georg Grosz in order to get a Master’s degree in Art and Theatre criticism from Wimbledon School of Art. I remember where I was the day I read this paragraph that described him studying in school and discovering a writer (can’t recall who it is now for the life of me but I researched as much as I could on the internet and I will keep trying, goddammit, til I find it) who inspired him to quit capitalizing letters and worrying about punctuation. It was all part of the tyranny of the bourgeoisie, as I remember him explaining it. At the time, Brecht was very much in support of communist and socialist ideology and so capitalizing letters and following the status quo as dictated by the mandates of institutionalized education was just another way of acculturating the masses to be obedient to cultural hegemony. In other words, bowing down to ‘the man.’ By refusing to capitalize letters and follow standard punctuation rules of decorum, Brecht and his entourage was giving the establishment ‘the finger.’
And so, ever since then, I also found it empowering and fun to say ‘fuck you’ to the establishment by relying on as little capitalization and punctuation as possible. Of course, there are certain situations when you cannot NOT use it. If I am applying for a grant, or writing a letter of recommendation, or writing to a superior, it’s probably a good idea to write properly and to the nines. But, the rest of the time? I like questioning the social order by refusing to bow down to ‘normalcy.’ I like making words on the screen bow down to the way people actually speak. And people speak with a lot of pauses. Words sometimes just sit there. Words. And sentences don’t need too many commas. They can get too cluttered and claustrophobic as it is. I like removing as many commas as I can. I like the laid back quality of lower case letters. I honestly don’t like texting lingo all that much either and I do my part to avoid throwing in too many abbreviations like ‘btw’ or ‘u know what I mean.’ I’d rather put in the time and effort and show the person that I care by typing out the whole word. But you see, I think that’s a whole different subject. Texting is all about speed and economy and reminding the world how important you are and how precious YOUR time is ‘bc u don’t have enuf time to write things out.’ I say, ‘Fuck time!’ Fuck being rushed around. I’ll do things at my own slow ass pace, thank you very much. But in terms of capitalizing letters or tossing out a few commas and quotation marks? I’m all for it if it means that we can get down to the nitty gritty (a la ‘Nacho Libre’) and stop being so stuffy and controlling about things. Granted, it can get confusing and distracting at times. But still, is it THAT hard to figure out that a new sentence is starting? I mean, I just ended the last one with a period or exclamation point or question mark. Isn’t that clear enough? I’m not THAT anarchic. I don’t dispense with ending punctuation altogether, thank you very much.
And now that I have pushed myself to extend myself into the world of grammar and punctuation and capitalization, I will now retreat to my lazy ass ways of fragments and lower case smatterings. grazie adios senor editor of the COMPLETELY UPPER CASE LETTERS THAT MAKE IT SOUND LIKE YOU’RE SCREAMINGLY MAD AT ME BUT THAT’S OK BECAUSE I THINK I RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE SO I CAN’T FAULT YOU FOR THAT ALTHOUGH I WOULD LIKE TO FAULT YOU FOR THAT. YES I WOULD. AND NOW I CHALLENGE YOU OLE SENOR EDITOR TO EDIT MY CURRENT BLOG ON YOUR http://skeetgreylovestain.wordpress.com/ PAGE BY NOT INSERTING NEGATIVE ASS COMMENTS WHEREVER YOU SO PLEASE AND INSTEAD I CHALLENGE YOU TO ONLY PRODUCE GLOWINGLY POSITIVE AND SUPPORTIVE REMARKS THROUGHOUT AND SEE HOW MANY NAILS GRATING ON CHALKBOARDS THAT PRODUCES IN YOUR SOUL AS YOU ATTEMPT TO CURB YOUR NEED TO ROAST MY INNOCENT BRAINFARTSTORMS.