August 19, 2010: After the unprecedented failure of "jade ar" followed by the unmitigated disaster of "decadence of jade ar," I am shamelessly exploiting the Ray Johnson is not dead (and he might be Grigori Antonin, Librarian on the Loose, or Richard Canard) mangled urban legend:
Is Grigori Antonin your real name? There is convincing evidence Ray Johnson is still alive. Is it possible that you…?
Grigori Antonin: I am…. [Mailart Messiah].
Were you aware a global mailart movement had been launched in your honor?
Grigori Antonin: I don’t usually read the Vancouver Sun.
What issues are of most concern to you? For instance, many mailartists are concerned with oil spills and animal rights.
Grigori Antonin: Holy All-Bitter is complaining I stole his painting.
You use Ray Johnson in your mailart instead of your own picture. What do you look like?
Grigori Antonin: A jowly J.D. Salinger.
Is Grigori Antonism political?
Grigori Antonin: Nyet!
Then what about the rumors you plan to run for U.S. President?
Grigori Antonin: Write me in.
Who will be your running mate?
Grigori Antonin: Marie F., Nyet! Genet.
But he’s not a citizen and he’s dead….
Grigori Antonin: Astounding. I don’t usually read the Vancouver Sun.
Anyone else in mind?
Grigori Antonin: I leave the St. Paul and St. Peter function to my disciples.
Speaking of Minnesota….
Grigori Antonin: In my view the irony is that I stole his painting.
Do you like the Grigori Antoninism Manifesto?
Grigori Antonin: Astounding!
Then “The Girl Scout Oath” represents your philosophy?
Grigori Antonin: Right on Sister!
But your manifesto says, "Be kind to animals." You didn't seem...
Grigori Antonin: Animals, Nyet! Write in: De Villo Sloan.
So it's OK to unleash Grigori Antonism on the world:
Grigori Antonin: Drop the bombs!