LOOPS 

ten short scenes in no particular order that regress ad-infinitum for two readers of ten short scenes in no particular order that regress ad-infinitum for two readers of ten short scenes in no particular order that regress. . .

 

 

 

by  K. Brian Neel

©2011, all rights reserved

 

 

 

THE LOVERS

 

A- I love you

B- Why?

A- Because you are beautiful. 

B- I'm beautiful because I love you.

A- Why?

B- Because you are beautiful. 

A- I'm beautiful because I love you.

B- Why?

etc…

 

 

THE INTERROGATORS

 

1- I know that you know.  

2- How do you know? 

1- Because you know that I know. 

2- I know that you know.  

1- How do you know? 

2- Because you know that I know. 

1- I know that you know. 

2- How do you know?

etc...

 

 

THE BATHROOM

 

B- I see you.

G- How do you see me? 

B- In the mirror. 

G- The same mirror that I see you. 

B- Is that the same mirror? 

G- Well, I see you. 

B- How do you see me? 

G- In the mirror. 

B- The same mirror that I see you. 

G- Is that the same mirror? 

B- Well, I see you. 

G- How do you see me? 

etc...

 

 

TRIPPING

 

X- Are you moving? 

Y- Does it look like I am? 

X- If you aren't then I am.

Y- Are you moving? 

X- Does it look like I am? 

Y- If you aren't then I am.

X- Are you moving? 

Y- Does it look like I am? 

etc.

 

 

CALLER ID

 

0- You called me. 

1- I didn't call you. 

0- Then who called me?

1- I don't know. 

0- This is the number that called me. 

1- You called me. 

0- I didn't call you.

1- Then who called me? 

0- I don't know. 

1- This is the number that called me. 

0- You called me.

1- I didn't call you. 

etc...

 

 

PUDDING (for Lewis Carroll)

 

K1- Pudding makes us happy.

K2- We had pudding yesterday.

K1- We can have pudding tomorrow.

K2- But we never have pudding today.

K1- We're unhappy without pudding.

K2- Pudding makes us happy. 

K1- We had pudding yesterday. 

etc…

 

 

THE LOVERS QUESTION

 

A- How can I really know you?

B- I'm the person who loves you. 

A- How do I know you love me? 

B- Because I say so. 

A- How do I know you're not lying? 

B- I promise. 

A- But one can never really know another person. 

B- Then how can I really know you? 

A- I'm the person who loves you. 

B- How do I know you love me? 

A- Because I say so. 

B- How do I know you're not lying? 

A- I promise. 

B- But one can never really know another person. 

A- Then how can I really know you? 

B- I'm the person who loves you.  

etc...

 

 

A GOOD WOMAN (for Hal Hartley)

 

W: I know what you need. 

M: Excuse me. 

W: You need a good woman. 

M: Do I? 

W: Yes. 

M: Are you a good woman? 

W: I am a good woman. 

M: So I need you? 

W: That's right. 

M: And you would know what I need. 

W: I know what you need. 

M: Excuse me. 

W: You need a good woman. 

etc. . .

 

 

MIDDLE MANAGEMENT

 

MM: You hand me that little piece of your soul again. I sprinkle some salt on it, put it in my mouth and smile in your face while I chew it up and swallow. And that little piece of your soul slowly sinks down my esophagus until it plops into the pit of my stomach where it floats in my acids, digesting, until it resembles something quite different than what it was before. Then a little sphincter shoves the little piece of your digested soul through miles of my twisted intestines until about eight hours later it ends up squeezing into my dark and crowded bowels. In the morning, after a good nights sleep and two cups of thick black coffee, I shit the little piece of your soul out and hand it back to you. And I smile and ask, "Can I have it back?" And. . . . You hand me that little piece of your soul again. I sprinkle some salt on it, put it in my mouth and smile in your face while I chew it up and swallow. 

etc. . .

 

 

PSYCHOLOGY

 

There's this friend who is unhappy. He's had a lot of trouble in his life: Recently his girlfriend dumped him. Twice. His mother passed away a few years ago, his father is alcoholic. Now this guy has been in therapy for years. He knows all about the narrative of his unhappiness, you know what I mean? I mean, his feelings are all demystified. But it hasn't changed the state of his happiness. He is still unhappy. So this guy goes to another guy and says, "Hey, you're a happy guy." Which is true, the other guy is generally happy. And he says "You're not an idiot, you know a lot about yourself." And this other guy does know about himself -- he's educated, he's read a lot of self-help books and Jung and stuff. So he asks this other guy to help him out. Help him be happy. Give him some advise. Now at first the other guy can't think of an answer. But then the guy remembers that the first guy has done some awesome stuff. He's had some really good times, you know. So he tells him, "You have to remember this awesome stuff and not dwell on the shit." And the first guy says, "That's bullshit! How am I supposed to do that?" But then the first guy remembers this friend who is unhappy…" 




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