Social Studies

I felt if I ate the food of the area I was visiting that I might assimilate the point of view of the people living there, as if the point of view was somehow in the food. So I would make no choices myself regarding what food I ate, I would simply follow the examples of those around me. I would study menu's very carefully, making note of important differences and similarities. When shopping at the super market I felt a great desire to walk off with someone's groceries so I could study them at length and study there effects on me, as though if I ate their groceries I would become that person, until I finished their groceries. And we might find ourselves going to the same places, running into one another at the movies or in the shopping mall, reading the same books, watching the same TV programs, wearing the same clothes, traveling to the same places, getting sick at the same time, and getting well again, simultaneously finding ourselves attracted to the same people, working at the same job and making the same amount of money, living identical lives as long as the groceries lasted.

SOCIAL STUDIES from "Music for the Knee Plays"
by David Byrne and Robert Wilson.