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Sekoff, J. (1994). Blue Velvet: the surface of suffering. Free Associations, 4(3):421-446.

(1994). Free Associations, 4(3):421-446

Blue Velvet: the surface of suffering

Jed Sekoff

Perverse Scenarios

The Hole in the Dream

I would like to open with a clinical story — a dream, to be exact:

‘I am lying in a pasture, a field of some sort. The ground is cold and muddy. Suddenly, a scarecrow is next to me. Not upright, scaring the crows, but prone, lying next to me. A turn of my head and the scarecrow becomes a naked women — my mother. I become aware of feeling something, some sort of liquid against my skin. Slowly at first, then swiftly the liquid begins to envelop me. Frantically, I look for the source … until I realize — IT is coming from me!

‘… From some orifice near my genitals. And this oozing, gooey substance is drowning me. I turn to my mother — she is asleep and dry. I try to shout, but no sound emerges. Embalmed in this swelling substance, my face begins changing. The features distorting out of proportion, as if something inside is bursting through. As I silently scream, my body begins to shrink, getting smaller and smaller.

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