06 June 2008

the most phallic building in the world

is the name of an essay by jonathan ames. he is hilarious in a bitter way. he looks at himself in the mirror and says, goddamn it i am ugly and balding and i scratch my ass too much and there is my existence. it's sort of like if david sedaris actually had something to complain about instead of just bitching about all the terrible things that happen when you live in normandy and subsist on wine and cheese and kools. although i heard he just quit smoking.

back to the task at hand, so to speak.

mr. ames' essay is about the willamsburg savings bank in brooklyn, which he claims (half-heartedly) is the most phallic building in the world.

it's pretty phallic.

the essay spawned an online contest which you can peruse here. it turns out there are a lot of phallic buildings in the world.

and my god, look at the winner - a water tower in ypsilanti michigan. residents call it "the brick dick."

1 comment:

  1. Funny story. On St. Clair Avenue in St. Paul there used to be a grocery store named Dick's Super Valu. One day my younger daughter,now old enough to have learned American "slang" asked in a wondering tone, "Why would someone name a grocery store Dick?" I tried not to collapse in laughter when I explained Dick is the nickname for Richard. Response, "Oh."