Hey, it’s me again.
[Eyes are shaded, poorly, in navy blue. Muddy puddles up to her brow bone when she blinks.]
By popular request, I’m sharing the contents of my bag today.
[Big smile is unshakeable. A cheery, four-note tune plays. Her intro is an animated fairy choppily waving a wand.]
A scarlet iPhone. Can’t live without this!
[Now replete with oxides from a Chinese mine. She taps on the screen.]
Here’s the last video I watched. The title is “Daughter of the House of Illusion.”
[The thumbnail image is a lush illustration of a female archer against a dreamy background, nocking an arrow made of purple flame. Her oil-painted irises are a light, cloudy gray. The description reads: Manifesting power, grace, femininity, a perfect heart-shaped face, and a hair-free body.]
I’m a spiritual girl. I really believe in manifestation. I’ve got my own sigil, too.
[She holds up a brooch to the camera. It’s shaped like a fist with a protruding middle finger, made of overwrought gold metal.]
Now we move onto my face. Of course! Can’t go anywhere without this.
[She slides two fingernails underneath, applies a bit of pressure, and removes it cleanly. Underneath, her flesh is not bloody, but flat, smooth and milky white.]
It feels really good to take it off at the end of the day.
[The mouth on the face in her hands continue to move and speak. She adjusts her grip, dangling her face from one finger like a piece of costume jewelry.]
Sometimes I do a Korean sheet mask with fifteen different kinds of ceramides. I feed my face Vitamin B2, and also this pink pill here, which is for
[screaming siren noise; REDACTED?]
Now I’d like to share my snacks—everyone should carry a high-protein snack to nibble on throughout the day. Lately I’ve been loving this 8-ounce block of American sharp cheddar cheese. I take this thing everywhere with me, plus my Japanese Santoku knife for easy slicing. I got my name laser-printed on the handle. See?
[The blade is as long as her forearm. It catches the light as she lifts it up to the camera, one hand held behind so the lens can zoom in on the finer details.]
Finally, my house keys! I have three keys, one for each door at the entrance of each concentric chamber within my house. But I obviously never go into the last chamber. Not since the incident—long-time subscribers know what I am talking about!
[She giggles. Her teeth, in the garish ring light, look yellow and uneven.]
I got this cute keyring as a free add-on with my most recent 300-dollar purchase at Nasty Gal. It’s got a fun quote on it.
[In miniscule type, the plastic rectangle attached to the keyring reads: Imagine the amazing good fortune of the generation that gets to see the end of the world. This is as marvelous as being there in the beginning.]
I am cracking up quietly over here. I’m going to start tossing around “daughter of the house of illusion” as a phrase.
Em edit: Hah, please do! I had a fun time writing this, which I think comes through. Definitely not far off from some content I’ve seen online lately…