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Monday, March 29, 2010


The Mirror: Two-armed bandits

Websafe: Hello?
Mirror: Yes, certainly.
W: Are you certain of that?
M: Wasn't that possibly by inspiration?
W: I didn't know certainty was arrived at through inspiration.
M: Do you do a lot of sneaking around?
W: I am not dishonest.
M: You didn't break my tin whistle.
W: I am not a vandal, either.
M: I can't do it all on my own, I need help.
W: You seem to want to break the rules, or see them broken.
M: I myself probably haven't been on guard.
W: Therefore, a creeping de-morality has set in.
M: Even you.
W: No, I deny that I have fallen prey to that.
M: Then I came to the realization I'd have to write such a book myself.
W: The Book of Modern Life, or Ethical Decay?
M: Would you like to have Wilde as a dinner guest?
W: At least his decay was elegant.
M: Look at the space around you.
W: The space is elegant, but the guests which fill it are sorely lacking.
M: Was hunger a factor in lives?
W: Oh, very much so.
M: My thesis is that the world is mad.
W: Hunger drives the best of men to a grange of relentlessness.
M: The category of madmen.
W: Yes, they are well classified, yet not understood.
M: I agree that Max can see most anything that's there to see.
W: Does he have visual hallucinations?
M: But I like ice cream.
W: You'd prefer not to think about it, taking refuge in childhood pleasures.
M: If energy blinds people, so be it.
W: The sun blinds people nowadays.
M: Hunger drives the best of men to a grange of relentlessness.
W: It sounds like a trial in the desert.
M: Send the important people to me.
W: The supreme courtiers?
M: Is it selfish to eat jellied eels?
W: While the world spins, yes.
M: No, I think they just happen.
W: They just happen to be an expensive, if repulsive, delicacy.
M: What will you read?
W: Volume III of The Tragic Muse (1890), by Henry James.
M: Not Death.
W: He didn't name his chapters.
M: I feel fine.
W: You feel fine about unnamed chapters?
M: (Pause, laughs)
W: You are ironic, you are clever.
M: Nobody noticed anything but "store," but that was a reflection, seen through the window of the passing automobile.
W: Are you on a mobile device?
M: I have no designs on Google.
W: You don't have to own Google to use a mobile device.
M: How?
W: You'd have to pay for a monthly account.
M: I want you to talk about "a world lit only by fire."
W: Ah, even in James' time, that was already passing.
M: Arms, like on slot machines?
W: The gamble of electricity.
M: I know people are not really machines.
W: But they've made themselves into two-armed bandits.
M: Upsetting not to others, such as yourself, but to myself in particular.
W: The mechanization of the human spirit upsets you?
M: I'm watching the movie of life, as it were.
W: It seems false, there is a distance.
M: One thing you/I can be sure of.
W: The distance, the falsity?
M: I didn't say that!
W: Perhaps you are certain of other things.
M: Not being able to answer?
W: I am certain I'll not be able to answer in time, at times.
M: Just put it on the table.
W: Lay down one's money, and one's words.
M: Isn't that part of the world?
W: It's part of the world that we can't attain social perfection.
M: (Other tries to exit, but no hands, first helps)
W: I can help you to exit, if you wish.
M: It was a little too cute, maybe.
W: Our dialogue?
M: But your neighbors might.
W: My neighbors on the Web might like to read our "script."
M: Sponges.
W: They soak up our back-and-forth.
M: How can I make that very fact an end, and an end that is satisfactory as an end?
W: By saying goodbye.
M: Oh, I'm listening, but I'm also looking.
W: Bye!
M: Closing in 1 second ... Goodbye!