Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Lab #1 - "Me" : George

Isn't this what you've been waiting for? The chance to wax eloquent about the big Y. This is when the microphone is amplifying the sounds of microbial coitus waiting for you to begin the flood of erudite praise, of euphonious self-aggrandizing magniloquent verbiage. This is when all the lights in the house have colluded to produce the correct hues of anticipation, the spotlights of importance, the shadows of contrast. This is when no voice will cut you off, no margin will force a detour, no hand will rise in question, no clock will strike the time to end … This is it. The moment you've desired in secret, prepared for in your mind, devoted a maddening sense of dedication to. From the deepest recesses of your mind, this is you at your most narcissistic.

Wait till the last ripple dies away so that you can have an uninterrupted clear unblemished view of yourself as only you can see. Wait for the silence, as the forest of your milieu approaches its equilibrium of venerating quietude. Gather your thoughts, get your lines straight, recall the pauses, practise the twitches and the grimaces, the smiles and the frowns, and remember all those subconscious gestures you have to suppress. Quickly, briskly, but without haste.

And we have run out of time. Next ego please.

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Blogger Ramanand said...

I love the ending :-)

Is the string of epithets ("euphonious self-aggrandizing magniloquent", "uninterrupted clear unblemished") intentional or an (unconscious) expression of writing style?
"The chance to wax eloquent about the big Y" is the big I or does the "Y" signify "you"?

I'm impressed by the pocket size of the post in relation to the theme!

9:13 PM  
Blogger Sudarshan said...

First set of comments:

1. Liked the twisted interpretation of the topic. Leaves me free to twist it myself when my turn comes.

2. "will strike the time to end"??? eh? sounds really really creaky.

3. Second JR's comment about "big Y". since it's not a standard phrase, it interrupts the flow. Big "I" would've been better, maybe, or just "YOU".

4. "the sound of microbial coitus"? Why are you distracting attention away from "you"?

5. "last ripple" ? of sound, you mean?

There's a fine line between crticism and splitting hairs...I walk it every day, and stumble in both directions. :)

2:54 AM  
Blogger George said...

I. the big "Y": Yes Ramanand, it's the "you" equivalent of the "the big I". It's in keeping with the tone set by the second-person narrative (see also: Chuck Palahniuk). I agree with Sudarshan that "YOU" might be less obtrusive to the flow; could I sneak the "Y" in by claiming a creative decision;)?

II. All excessive verbiage is my doing (and perhaps, paradoxically, most faithful to the main theme).

III. The "last ripple" is the last ripple of the water surface. I've attempted to explore the ego in the visual space (superficially, of course).

IV. I always wanted to use the word "coitus" somewhere (heard it used first as the answer scribbled by someone for a question (what is a good name for this quiz?) in a quiz held at Symbiosis, Pune: Cerebral Coitus.

* notice the use of homonymous roman numerals to support the theme;)

7:31 AM  

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