marfalist.org is an exact counterpart to the “Marfa cool kids” (actually pathetic middle-age scenesters) who inhabit the town. White, trivial, exclusionary middle-class scamming in the name of altruism.
On Craigslist (a real service to America) the posts are self-policed. On marfalist.org, the fussy and whiny moderator/publisher (Buck Johnson, frustrated artist) urges on her friends and censors anything with a grain of controversy.
I wanted to solicit stories from gay locals for a series of articles on homophobia in West Texas… “OH NO THIS IS NOT A BLOG!!!”. My post was deleted. I guess there’s no social value to exploring bigotry and discrimination. But, of course, if Chinati or another local non-profit wants to solicit feedback from the citizens of Marfa they are welcome to.
Similarly, local knuckle-head David Beebe wants to “mask indian” for next Mardi Gras. This involves dressing up in an elaborate costume in imitation of highly exclusive African-American fraternal organizations. There are about 90 elaborate bayou juju taboos about this process. I pointed out that this was a glib and insincere mockery of the hard work that these folks put into Mardi Gras. Of course, I was warned and censored. I renounced my site membership and am not going back.
It’s the same 100 self-involved assholes who post and read the posts. “I need a ride to El Paso.” “I need someone to work for free.” “I need to borrow a router.” I’m not denying the aging hipsters of Marfa the right to beg and freeload off each other… I just don’t like the tone of self-righteousness and exclusion.
I am done with Marfa… there’s nothing going on there that’s worth two shits and a hoot. It consists exclusively of spoiled, middle-class art-world functionaries who are organizing tea parties and wine tastings while Texas (and the rest of the world) self-destructs around them. Fuck everybody from Dallas and Austin who has moved to Marfa to increase their hip credibility.
THE INTERNET CULLS OUT THE WEAK!!! I HAVE GOOGLE PAGE RANK FIVE, MARFALIST.ORG HAS GOOGLE PAGE RANK THREE (despite having an org domain). I HAVE MORE INBOUND LINKS, VISITS, READERS, RSS SUBSCRIBERS ETC.
Why? This site excludes no one and actually has something interesting (albeit often insane) to say.
By the way… I need a ride to El Paso.