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By Bob Flanagan

L. a. author and artist Bob Flanagan created performances with Sheree Rose that stunned and encouraged audiences. He mixed textual content, video, and dwell functionality to create a hugely own yet common exploration of youth, intercourse, sickness, and mortality. The discomfort magazine, Flanagan's final complete paintings, is an striking chronicle of the ultimate yr of his existence earlier than his demise from cystic fibrosis on the age of forty-three.

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Falling asleep. Sheree’s upstairs on the couch. Tv off, but soon to be on. Reading Illustrator book, but not for long. 3/26/95 Leave Sheree and Jake upstairs watching gay SM video’s while I retire to bed and the Illustrator Bible. SM video’s are always kind of boring and frustrating. I’m getting a better feeling about Saturday’s voyeur show. I’m just going to do the things I used to do to jack off. Ball stretching, butt plugs, enemas, bondage, whipping, nailing—my usual bag of tricks. 3/27/95 How convenient, on a night when I’m too tired to write and shine it on, to wake up suddenly at 2 am—I guess cause I couldn’t breathe, cause there was my nasal canula on the floor.

Trying to finish these punching bag ideas, even though there’s no Sue Spaid no more. So stupid. Like this writing. Not a writer anymore. What else can I do? Physically unable to anything—comfortably. Have to pull it together—snoring Sheree snoring Sheree. My head to the page. Paging Sheree. Breathing worse than mine. I’m just more sensitive, more awake, more of a shit. 3/15/95 St. Patrick’s Day drinks at Kirby and Rita’s. Argumentative and picky, whiny me. Irritated all the time. Ed comes over and really bugs me.

Distracted by family shit too in the back of my head. Tim and Mom and John. Dummies. I thought they were all supposed to help me? It winds up I can’t say boo to any of them. Went to Social Security today. Thought it was going to be bad, but they’re just going to cut 10% out of my check each month to make up for the money I earned on The New Age. I could fight it, but it’s not worth it. Megan called tonight. Said she missed us, but then she asked a favor. She wants to copy a video tape for a grant she and Amy are writing.

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