Scott MacDonald

An Interview with Robert Breer

Scott MacDonald, 1989

Do you know the joke about the two explorers who get captured by the natives and tied to trees? The chief tells the first one, “You have two choices: death or ru-ru.” The explorer thinks a bit and says, “Well, ru-ru.” “Wise decision,” says the chief who unties him. Then the whole tribe beats him up and abuses him sexually and completely destroys him and throws him down dead in front of the other explorer. The chief asks the second explorer which he prefers, death or ru-ru? The second explorer is very shaken up by what he’s seen and finally says, “Death.” And the chief says, “Very wise decision – death it is – but first, a little ru-ru.” I love that joke. In my work there’s always a little ru-ru.