Nietzsche’s Eternal Return

22 Apr

 

 

 

(1980)

I was in the lounge of a movie theater, waiting for the next show to begin. Sitting next to me was a middle-aged man with a designer shoulder bag that had little pockets on the outside made of clear plastic. In one of them was a box of Dynamints. He took out a New York Times Book Review and began rubbing it with his finger. He kept rubbing the same spot. Since we were in the Village, I thought he might be an artist and that the rubbing was his way of altering a photographic image. But after a few minutes it was clear that it was some kind of obsessive behavior.

A young couple with a lot of modern fat around their middles began talking.

“I wonder when the movie will start.”

“What?”

“I wonder when the movie will start.”

“What?”

“I said, I wonder when the movie will start.”

“Oh. You know, I can’t understand why they sent that check to that old address after all these years.”

“What?”

“I can’t understand why they sent that check to that old address after all these years.”

“Yeah.”

“I just can’t understand it.”

“Maybe it’s an antique check.”

“What?”

“Maybe it’s an old antique check.”

“Ohh.”

“That movie should have started ten minutes ago.”

“What?”

“That movie should have started ten minutes ago.”

“What?”

It went on and on as the guy next to me rubbed his newspaper and a guy dressed in western clothes whistled a folk song a little too well.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Twist Boulevard

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mark Rogers

 

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