Reality Bites

This just in: I’m no longer interested in “reality.”

(Murmurs of intrigue from the crowd, etcetera.)

Yeah. I’ve been in a couple of show situations lately where I’ve been told to play it “real” and make “real” choices and I’m just not down with that any more. I get too much real everywhere else, I can’t bring myself to doing that onstage any more.

Besides, I think we can be even more real by eschewing reality and traveling into the less logical lands. You know, skew things, twist them up, bend them and reshape them and make them virtually unidentifiable so we know exactly what we’re looking at.

Look. We are living in shit times. A giant, orange baboon has pulled back the curtain and we’re getting to see how things really work. At the same time, no one’s willing to lift their heads from their phones (which are somehow “smart”) long enough to see how this affects everything. And so life is one big reality television show and we’re all paying the price.

So forgive me if I don’t hold a mirror up to the world any more. I’d much rather hold up a kaleidoscope.

Or a fish.

Also, buy my book, please.

3 responses to “Reality Bites”

  1. Ridley Kemp says:

    “Reality” has been turned into a commodity to a degree that makes me distrust that label. A while back, Warren Ellis did a marvelous rant on “authenticity” as a product, about how fake stories are often deemed more “authentic” than the truth.

    I’d pay to see you holding up a fish to the world. Ce dont le monde a besoin maintenant, c’est du retour de Dada.

  2. Ridley Kemp says:

    P.S. Taking the train home from work today, a gentleman asked what I was reading. I showed him and he took the book and started reading the back cover. We wound up talking the entire ride home. The bit about “smart” phones and personal connections really caught his attention. He was so into it I wound up giving him my copy.

    • admin says:

      That’s amazing! Have you seen this guy on the train before? It’ll be interesting to see if he gives the book back tomorrow.

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