[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
When I first started writing my Ask Exene advice column for the OC Weekly, I felt like Nathaniel West's Miss Lonelyhearts. Or, sometimes, Lois Lane. I took every letter very seriously, contemplating my response for days. After all, if people were asking me for advice, I owed it to them to do some soul-searching. I thought also of the people who might relate to the letters, even if the original questioner would hate my advice! Hey, maybe I helped somebody who wasn't even looking for help!
Then I got to write whatever I wanted with Exene Says. I could stir up the truth, then put it on a paper plate, and let's have a picnic. Not everybody wants to eat what I serve. And that's okay with me. If I made you think slightly differently, or if you vehemently disagreed, I feel pretty good about the whole experience.
All I really want to achieve on this planet is to know I served a meaningful purpose, that I was honest with myself, that I slayed all my dragons and gave you a few tips on how to slay yours.
This is my last column. I am striking out to that horizon I haven't met yet. Please visit my Youtube channel, Christine Cervenka, if you want to continue on with me as your guide, pal, helper, friend, joker.