Monday, June 28, 2010
I Think About the Darkened Conference Room
I am probably not telling you anything you don't know. But there is a commercial in which a grimly determined George Washington drives a car straight at a bunch of startled British soldiers. And the car commercial boilerplate at the bottom of the screen says DO NOT ATTEMPT. Ha ha! Except there is no ha ha intended, anywhere. If there is any hint of irony in the commercial, it has been thoroughly sublimated by jaded professionals. Or maybe it is some kind of special irony that goes all the way around the irony globe and secretly kisses the point at which sincerity ends - that delicate and tingling borderline! Maybe that's just what they want me to think with their smartness and I am falling right into their clutches! Or maybe it is like the thing that happened to me with the unicorns - maybe the guys who made the commercial could identify with that. Like they started out all, "Ha ha ha! This is clever!" And when they screened it for their bosses they kept winking at one another in the darkened conference room. But then later - or perhaps at that very moment! - they realized they had become the thing they thought they were above and fell weeping into one another's arms. But mainly I think it is what it seems to be and that's all there is to it and all there ever was. Or maybe it is like that stupid quotation I gave that guy in that interview that time. Now for the inevitable "Google Image Search."