“Ray preferred innocence that failed to most successes”

Ray Johnson, untitled, undated mailing via raven row
“If an unsophisticated person without malice, asked Ray a question, he might well answer it simply, but if a person were twisted with too many prior assumptions that interfered with honest immediacies, Ray was likely to reply at a tangent that did not intersect with or combine with the question. He had the courage of his style in circumstances which could have been dangerous, especially because he did not easily accept the self-stylizations of people who were performing within self-important bureaucratic roles. If people took themselves seriously as representatives of powers other than their own well-earned powers—anything such as the power of money—then Ray was not going to take them seriously. [footnote #37, page 60, In an alternative statement, Ray preferred innocence that failed to most successes; but he did not admire the failures of the brazenly successful.]” (page 29 – 30)
Image: Untitled, undated, mailing by Ray Johnson

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