Raphie Frank :: business artivist

Harry Crosses America

When Harry set out to cross America alone, on foot, it was with the intention of proving something to himself and to the world. He brought with him only the barest of necessities. In his pockets were ten dollars, a jacknife and a rabbit's foot, and on his back he wore a knapsack of reinforced nylon with a change of clothes, a rolled up windbreaker, a lighter, water bottle and a few candybars, a small assortment of toiletries, and, finally, extra videocassettes and a battery charger for the Hi-8 video camera he would carry with him to record his experiences.

At first glance, nothing in Harry's character would have led one to presuppose in him a tendency toward such romantic, adventurous and even reckless behavior. Twenty-eight years old and employed as a tax preparer at the nearby H&R Block on route 26 he was, in the universal sense, a nameless, ageless, occupationless sort of guy, ordinary and unremarkable in every apparent way. He was bright, but not brilliant. Not displeasing to the eye, but neither was he someone to turn heads. But one singular characteristic, indeed, did separate Harry from the indistinguishable and moribund mass into which he otherwise blended so well: He was possessed of an almost unshakeable faith in the higher nature of the human spirit.

In a nutshell, Harry believed that all people are fundamentally "good," and that beneath the socially propitious surface of greed, cynicism and despair they truly desire nothing more than to be able to show this and act on it. Though Christian by upbringing, he had renounced that religion's tenets from the moment, long ago in Sunday school, he had been taught the story of Adam and Eve. He simply could not accept the premise that man was inherently evil, much less that he had become so by dint of his own free will. The mere thought of it was anathema to him.

Instead, Harry adhered to what he fondly referred to as a "bruised apple" perception of the world. His logic went something like this:

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June 3, 2006 Posted by | Storytelling | Leave a comment

Song Lyrics

1985 – present

  1. JADE THE STONE
  2. INCORRIGIBLE
  3. TWINKIE DEFENSE
  4. OFF COLOR ANGEL
  5. IS THE POT OKAY?
  6. DANGER GAME
  7. SPLIT-ROCK SYMPHONY
  8. HAPPY NYMPHOMANIAC
  9. STAND STILL FOR THE JESTER
  10. DANDELION FEATHERS
  11. YOU ATE MY PEANUT BUTTER
  12. A MILD AGNOSIA
  13. WINDSHEAR
  14. TORNADO LOU
  15. SOLOMON’S GAME
  16. COME ON BOYS
  17. THE AUTHORITIES ARE UNHAPPY
  18. GHOST SHIP CALLING
  19. STAND STILL FOR THE JESTER
  20. SO-SO PSYCHO
  21. VOICE OF THE DEVIL
  22. METAL KNOT
  23. PHILOSOPHY
  24. GIVE ME ANOTHER VIETNAM
  25. ALWAYS BE YOUR FRIEND
  26. FEATS OF FIRE
  27. ONLY WEDNESDAY
  28. COMES A NEW DAY
  29. SLINKIN’ AROUND
  30. LIE AWAY
  31. TURN AWAY
  32. SEARCHER JOEL
  33. INTO THE TRAP
  34. THE MASK
  35. FATHER AND DAUGHTER
  36. PERFECT MAN
  37. COFFEE MAN
  38. FALSE PROPHET
  39. SLY SNAKE
  40. ASPHRODEL EYE
  41. PICTURE OF THE SKY
  42. BROTHER ON HOUSTON & C
  43. DEMOCRACY OF TOUCH
  44. LET’S NOT PLAY THE GAMES
  45. ALONE IN A CROWD
  46. BUBBLEHEAD
  47. LAY DOWN YOUR LIFE
  48. THE USER
  49. ALPINE LULLABY
  50. PRIVATE HELL
  51. MEMORIES WILL GET YOU NOWHERE
  52. ALL NIGHT BLUES
  53. K-TELISH CASTAWAYS

June 3, 2006 Posted by | Storytelling | Leave a comment

   

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