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How that Ad Age Twitter Mistake Invokes Nick Cave's Literature

By Genevieve Burgess | Social Media | December 1, 2016 |


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The internet is a strange place at the best of times but sometimes something happens that feeds so closely into your personal experiences that it feels a bit like a Truman Show esque prank on you, personally. Today was one of those days for me. It started with the Ad Age Twitter account making a fairly standard social media mistake; attaching the wrong picture to a tweet. Luckily for the Ad Age social media team, the image was fairly innocuous:

OR SO YOU WOULD THINK if you had not read the 2009 novel The Death of Bunny Munro by musician, artist, and author Nick Cave. The novel received a nomination for the 2009 Bad Sex in Literature award, and I can’t remember if this was the offending passage or not, but here’s me ruining Big Macs for you anyway:

“Bunny takes another bite of his Big Mac and knows what everybody who is into this sort of things knows - that with its flaccid bun, its spongy meat, the cheese, the slimy little pickle and, of course, the briny special sauce, biting into a Big Mac is as close to eating pussy as, well, eating pussy. Bunny put this to Poodle down The Wick one lunchtime, and Poodle, self-proclaimed sexpert and barracuda, argued that eating a tuna carpaccio was actually a lot more like eating pussy than a Big Mac, and this argument raged all through the afternoon, becoming increasingly hostile as the pints went down. Finally Geoffrey, in his near-Godlike wisdom, decided that eating a Big Mac was like eating a fat chick’s pussy ad eating a tuna carpaccio was like eating a skinny chick’s pussy, and they left it that.”

Now, the God’s honest truth here is that even having read that novel way back in 2009 and having VIVID memories of that passage haunt me forever afterwards, I still wouldn’t have put it together without this inadvertent assist from Tracy Clayton, who I’ve been following for a couple years now:

So this is just a perfect storm of coincidences, experiences, and prior decisions that hit me in a way they probably wouldn’t have hit anyone else. This is my Arrival. I have a lot to think about. And now so do all of you, which was really my goal.

Special thank you to Steven Lloyd Wilson for assisting with the exact quote so I didn’t have to search for it on my office computer.


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