On One Hand

March 11, 2005

NAMBLA

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I’ve heard that the poet Allen Ginsberg was a member of a group called NAMBLA.

For those of you who don’t know what that stands for, NAMBLA is “North American Man Boy Love Association,” and I’m told that the group is about exactly what its name suggests. In spite of this, I think I’ll join. I’m not a pedophile or anything, and I really don’t approve of NAMBLA’s mission at all. I just like how the acronym sounds when you pronounce it as one word. Nambla. Feel it. It sounds Eastern, it sounds Indian, like a Hindu or Sikh holy word. Like a chant, a sacred invocation of the name of God in decroded old bodies and chicken meat. What a beautiful irony.

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2 Comments »

  1. Hooray for words that provide meaning when they are spoken. My favorite is Tixo. It’s Zulu for God

    Comment by fb_shs — March 12, 2005 @ 5:21 am | Reply

  2. I think Jon Stewart would agree with your sentiments — on the Daily Show, whenever he has to spell out the silly acronym of some group, he adds “, or, ‘NAMBLA'” at the end of it.

    E.g., “One group gearing up against the proposal is the American Association of Retired Persons, or ‘NAMBLA’.”

    Comment by jdhenchman — March 12, 2005 @ 4:48 pm | Reply


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