Short Imagined Monologues
Send your short imagined monologues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noted Sociologist Elemér Hankiss Serves You Ice Cream at Baskin Robbins.
BY KYLE YORK
Welcome to Baskin Robbins. How may I help you? Of course in a so-called “civilized” nation such as this, ice cream has some obvious manifest functions. We all like ice cream. It provides us with nourishment. It has a pleasant taste. It assures us that the world is safe and familiar. We forget about death.
At Baskin Robbins, we have over 30 flavors of ice cream. This wealth of options will make you feel as though you have control over your world. You will feel less helpless.
How will you decide which flavor to choose? Perhaps you will choose Butter Pecan: traditionalist, sophisticated, ascetic, Calvinist. Or maybe Strawberry Lemonade Punch better serves your ongoing self-construction; you see yourself as a free spirit that lives without boundaries, open to all that life has to offer.
Your choice of flavor will disguise your lack of a self.
Please, take your time. You are thoughtful, prudent. You do not rush into things.
While you think, enjoy our selection of 1970s R&B. The world will seem simpler and less hostile. Life will appear to have meaning.
A sample, perhaps? You entertain only the flavors, the essences. The sampler is a metaphysical being. You do not require physical sustenance of the ice cream. The sample spoon mocks the proletarian shovel.
I see you have spilled your ice cream. Your conduit of self-construction has been dismantled. You stand naked. The veneer has melted away, revealing the existential. You now must reconstruct your self.
Don’t worry, I’ll clean that up.
SUGGESTED READSExcerpt From The Neurotic’s Guide To Shanghai
by J. Chris Rock (4/11/2005)
Sigmund Freud’s Step-By-Step Guide to a Perfect Mother’s Day
by Paul Kleinman (5/7/2010)
Freud: The Rebranding
by Jim Stallard (7/26/2010)
RECENTLYStop Pushing My Buttons
by Jon Methven (4/1/2015)
Your Prescribing Doctor: Dispatches from the Psycho-pharmaceutical Complex: Der Sturm und Drang: Adolescence and Adulthood (Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa, Xanax, Wellbutrin, Klonopin)
by Rebekah Frumkin (4/1/2015)
List: Recent Hit Pop Songs Co-Written by Influential Feminist Philosophers
by Joyce Miller (4/1/2015)
POPULARAn Honest College Rejection Letter
by Mimi Evans (3/26/2015)
List: What Your Favorite ’80s Band Says About You
by John Peck (7/5/2011)
Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender
by Homa Mojtabai (1/27/2015)