Thursday, August 25, 2016

See my baby jive

"...we lived on the same page. We shared a certain olfactory bent." - ib
The man hovering in the doorway resembled Henry Chinaski in a suit borrowed from the C.I.A.. An invisible pork pie hat.
     The rain spat into empty flowerpots on the balcony behind him.
     The boys bickered down the hall.
     I don't mean several rude acquaintances deep in a game of cards. I mean my boys. The five-year-old and the teenage delinquent Waffen-SS tank commander rumbling in their turret.
     The Chinaski character pretended not to hear.
     He held onto the demeanour of someone who sets store by tact. A civil servant, for instance, moonlighting for the Agency.
     In less than a month or so all residue of it would have evaporated. Leaving in its place a caustic observance of protocol merely, a standing on ritual chewed up, masticated, coaxed into a line delivered out the side of one's mouth.
     He held out a laminated badge. Pinned to the pocket under his jacket lapel.
     "Good morning, sir."
     Ipsos MORI, the blue and green square announced. G-Man.
     "Shoot," I said. 



Here they just function through the guise of telemarketing. If they'd come to my door, I might be more inclined to give them what they deserve.

ib said...

I had my hand on the claw hammer, when the G-Man, having been invited in, uttered these words:

"I haven't read much Bukowski, but "Factotum" is one of my favourite books."

He even mispronounced the name as I am want to do. Leaning instead on the Eastern inflection. That part of Poland swallowed up by Germany.

He wound up the interview. I felt like I'd been date raped.