The Monday Photo (“slow death” google image search)

slow death

25 responses to “The Monday Photo (“slow death” google image search)”

  1. Tim says:

    Don’t want.

  2. Jakob says:

    *LOL* What a wonderful think to wake up to this morning.

    …What is it anyway?

  3. ScottyGee says:

    Dude, what the fuck??

  4. trixie says:

    what scotty said.

  5. J-man says:

    Seriously don’t want. What is that, anyway? Or shall I say, what WAS that?!

  6. lane says:

    i have no idea what this is, or was, i was just lookin’ for a reaction.

    last week 2 comments, this week 5.

    so that’s good.

  7. Tim says:

    “last week 2 comments, this week 5.

    so that’s good.”

    Can I un-comment if my commenting to disapprove is actually taken as a positive response?

  8. trixie says:


    i usually avoid commenting on your posts for just this reason: i fear i am falling prey to a shortsighted attempt to achieve attention.
    thanks for making that motivation more transparent.
    i am bummed out by this tasteless display of gore. is there not something more on the beautiful side of awesome that you might try to represent?
    it feels like visual bullying to me.
    i am going to forgo visits to monday photos from this point on.

    grow up.

  9. Mark says:

    On first pass I almost missed the ‘funk you’ shirt.

  10. lane says:

    from last week’s photo comments on “Bronzino.”

    “wow a picture this perverse and filled with incident can only attract two comments.

    tgw is dying . . .”

    so this week was “a slow death”

    I thought last weeks was on the more beautiful side of awesome. and i thought this weeks was . . . interesting, like a Hermann Nitzch performance at the Everson Museum in 1972.

  11. Adriana says:

    Okay, can we take the personal attacks offline and just talk about the photo?

  12. lane says:

    hermann nitsch

    check this out on a google image search.

    hey folks, it’s part of your world.

  13. goy ahoy says:

    Is this part of an anti-Obama campaign?

    I did find this one pretty gross. But I liked the pictures of the road kill from way back when.

  14. ScottyGee says:

    And Lane, I think it’s a mistake to equate the number or comments with the quality of a post. I haven’t commented on some of the best posts that I’ve read because I’ve felt that there’s nothing much to add.

    Comment = Love is a miscalculation.

    If comments on Monday photos are your main concern, I’d be much more likely to comment if you included a sentence or two as to why you posted what you posted.

    On a side note, I think you should worry less about the fate of TGW. We who are still here love the site or we wouldn’t be here, but it will be gone one day, and I think your reminders that it’s dying will only prove to speed up the process.

  15. trixie says:

    my apologies to the twitchell/velez household and anyone else i may have offended with my comment earlier.
    peace out.

  16. goy ahoy says:

    I find these TGW laundry discussions kind of interesting from the outside. For what it’s worth, it does seem like Lane is the only one who ever starts the lament for the death of the site. From the perspective of someone who just reads every morning over coffee, it seems like business as usual. Is there something behind the scenes the rest of us don’t know about?

  17. goy ahoy says:

    Maybe “lament” was the wrong word. Sometimes he seems downright eager to toll the bell.

  18. lane says:

    so listen, i’m glad i brought this up.

    when neil aitken, a relative new comer puts up a poem and no one comments, even the regular peanut gallery, it seems . . . cold, i guess. also i do seriously wonder, worry if . . . this is worth the effort, but then i remember that my efforts are so small i don’t really care.

    but some people do put time into some of this shit. and comments should flow freely.


    AND FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. lane says:

    and seriously that is one gross mo fo pic up there!

  20. goy ahoy says:

    As far as I can tell, Neil Aiken has never responded to anyone who commented on his posts. And he’s had some nice comments. So who can blame people if they stop commenting? I’m trying to figure out how he fits in with this crew. Seems a big mystery.

  21. ScottyGee says:

    “but some people do put time into some of this shit. and comments should flow freely.”

    The sad truth is that when I write a post it takes me anywhere between two and six hours, and it really doesn’t bother me when the comments are few.

  22. ScottyGee says:

    What I mean to say is that I appreciate sympathy comments, but they’re really not necessary on my account.

  23. ScottyGee says:

    Look Lane, you got 23 comments!

  24. Tim says:

    Lane, I do think you’re exaggerating the death of TGW. We were closer to being on our last legs back before we became a worker-run collective. Measuring the life and death of the site by number of comments, I think, is misguided. I agree with Scott, too, when he says that judging the success of a particular post by the number of comments is also misguided.

    Sometimes I’ve worked for hours and hours and hours on a post that receives next to no commentary. That’s a little frustrating, yes, but whatever. It doesn’t make me think that TGW is dying. Sometimes I’ve worked for about 20 minutes on a post that gets a bazillion comments (often on a completely different topic). It’s kind of a mystery, but often I find that the posts that get the most comments have one or more of the following elements. (1) They share an experience and solicit stories of similar experiences. (2) They offer photos or other images from the author’s everyday or travel experiences, along with an explanation or story. (3) They offer a mysterious story or experience that requires interpretation (and often has more than one).

    Sometimes there are posts that are very self-contained and complete in and of themselves. While often quite good and interesting posts, they need no commentary because they say all that needs to be said. I find Neil’s posts and poems to be of this sort.

    It seems that you want to elicit written responses with your Monday photo selections. When you don’t get the number of kind of responses that you want, you tend to read that as the death of the site. Instead, maybe you should re-think how you select and present the images (if, indeed, you want to get comments and generate a conversation). Along with Scotty, I suggest that you offer a few lines of explanation with each photo. What led you to select it? What do you get out of it? What does it remind you of? If it could possibly offend or disgust (as with this one), why do you still find it valuable enough to share? Had you mentioned Hermann Nitsch’s performance at the Everson Museum in 1972, explained who he is and what that was and why it is important in contemporary art, well, I think you would have received a warmer response than you got. I know *I* would have been intrigued, rather than simply disgusted.

  25. Lane says:

    that is the most awesome comment ever, I just want to keep things going. as dave once said the Monday photo is the heartbeat of the blog. so consider this just a little open heart surgerry! rock on, and of course this is a drunk dial!