By Mark Leyner
A neighborhood theater's creation of detailed Yearnings triggers a string of underground nuclear explosions from St. Louis to Worcester, Massachusetts. a guy frantically swats on the blaze that his female friend has ignited in his trousers, whereas her kinfolk attempts to determine even if his agonized signal language ability "Under the Volcano" or "No Time for Sergeants." Charo, Marianne Faithfull, and Napoleon's sister change glittering witticisms and pornographic come-ons with languid aesthetes and unhinged suburbanites.
Such situations are only par for the direction during this gloriously disorienting quantity by way of Mark Leyner, writer of My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist and Et Tu, Babe, and a author who performs the English language the way in which Jimi Hendrix performed the guitar: at blinding pace, risky quantity, and with an ideal mix of lyricism and sheer risk.
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Extra resources for I Smell Esther Williams
Everything I think or have thought is true. Weak things collapse. Tell your friends how much you dislike them. I promise I don’t know what I’m doing but I’m a professional. I promise there are more examples of how to mistreat people than anything else. I promise to professionally make you an example. 25 HEIL ME! Sorry I clipped your fingernails too short but it’s hard to do with scissors–please don’t be mean. You can put your fingers in my mouth I have a feeling that will make them better. When I lick the pulp beneath your nails you will feel better and maybe I will too.
Yes I get hard when you are mad. Yes nothing gets me hard anymore. 28 MY LITTER-SKULL If you don’t kill your bad thoughts, your bad thoughts will kill you. It’s the same with your pets and the same with all your relatives I guess. 29 SOMETHING TELLS ME I’M GOING TO DIE IN AN ALLEY When your hand is a field it will make many things. When your hand is a field it will be covered in dirt. When you stand face to face with the things you’ve made but do not like, it will define you in some way. And when your hand is a field your tongue is a cloud.
I am not accomplishing anything—my feet are shovels and all my sperm are tailless. Is good feeling. 17 THE NAP At the grocery store today I saw a very huge woman on a motorized vehicle. There were kids running circles around her. When I got outside with my groceries there was snow falling and I knew the snow was disappearing when it hit the ground. I also knew that I was at the part of the nap where I realize the nap is long. Very long. I was at the part of the nap where I realize the nap is long and that it will end itself without my permission.