Bed tricks, cod and the hidden history of cat fishing
Angela introduced Neven to an online 8-year-old painter, a 19-year-old seducer, and parts of MP3s, online videos, photos, text messages, and a set of additional characters consisting of nearly ten Facebook profiles. At the age of 24, Schulman was sparked by his worldview when he fell in love with the seducer, who in the photos looked like Jennifer Lawrence. He and his brother’s film crew, suspected of having something raised, went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when Angela fell alone toward the door. She was playing all the Angela characters who don’t look like Jennifer Lawrence. Nev was angry, surprised, then grateful. He told me that Angela is the greatest cat he has ever met.
In the end, Marriott uses “catfish” to describe “anything or anyone who came into life … a weird, unpleasant, and disturbing touch of the Kingdom of Heaven”. Through the well-known Christian writer Joela Osteen, Angela’s husband, Vince, who surely came to the allegory of the catfish, turns it around. “They used to deposit cod from Alaska to China,” he says, confusing geography. “By the time the cod arrived in China, the meat was mushroom-free and tasteless. This guy came up with the idea: if you put cod in these big cubes, put some catfish in it and the catfish will keep the cod light. And there are those people who have a cat in life. They keep you on your toes. They keep guessing you, they keep thinking, they keep you fresh. “
This brings the entire circle of catfish. Angela’s person is reminiscent of the fictional Mary: each is a fascinating and insane woman who shakes the existence of another.
Not long ago, Schulman’s MTV session became a podcast. Schulman and a cohost help young lonely hearts, who are afraid of falling for digital spectra, determined on the basis of fiction. The show repeatedly features victims of cats who have been dreaming on their phones, protecting fragmented missiles from outer space to create alternative lives.
“Privacy has become very rare,” Schulman told me. “There has been a pendulum swing. Young people are desperately looking for something private in their lives — just for them. ” The people who show up Catfish not wanting, at once, to calm down with illusions of intimacy; they want to live in fantasy for a while, the juice of self-knowledge. But when it comes to contacting Schulman, he told me, “something isn’t quite right. It grows and grows like a hole in the stomach ”.
Objects of love are almost always mirrors. Catfish are almost never what their profile pictures look like. Sometimes they belong to another genus or race. They are generally less successful, less wealthy, more lost and more imprisoned.
In the podcast, Schulman shows something admirable for the naive as well as the naive enough to end up in a cat fishing seat him seat. At the same time, it is surprising that many guests did not know when it was. They had never seen his film. “People in this situation are people who don’t do research,” he told me. Directly.
Catfish It reveals what most adults know: romantic love is filmed with projection. Our phones reflect our beloved hopes, and we pour our longings into the text bubble. “I can’t wait for your fingers to fill with your hair,” Schulman once wrote to his cat. “My body wants your touch tonight,” Angela wrote. It is a hyper-crisis now. But it gives love. You always write to someone else half-imagined. All sexes are poets.
But Catfish he never fails to end in despair. “Inevitably, the second time they see it, they have an immediate love accident,” Schulman said.
Back Catfish, 1913. Although both George and Mary are married to each other at the end of the book, George clearly discovers that he and Maryk have something “beyond love” that only their cats can keep honest. “Before he could be right with himself, he had to be with him, and he was rejected for the rest of his life.” The cat is not a sham. On the contrary, it is a stimulus to let go of all pretense. Speaking to Mary, George is finally talking to himself, a self that is oppressing him. He is free. Some of the MTV participants Catfish find the same thing: once with their cat, in Marriott’s words, they are “free to love elsewhere.”
Thankfully, George returns to his beloved wife with renewed passion. The provocations of the catfish have been enlightening, but the real love is quiet. And sometimes the only thing you want is a person who looks better for not being like his wonderful selfie.
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