|The Deal Me In|
Short Story Challenge
|This is the book I choose a story from the|
15th of every month.
There is a lease breaking party going on. There are several musicians walking around. While they are playing a 54 year old man is chanting about thermodynamics. More university students continue to arrive. It seems like a typical university weekend party in someone's unit.
The main protagonist is holding a baby bird cupped into his hands. This made no sense to me as I doubt he would find a fledgling in February in Washington DC. The names are Saul and Meatball Mulligan. The dying baby bird stood for several ideas in the story.
You might ask what Entropy means? I did. According to a dictionary online it is a measure of the loss of information in a transmitted signal or message. I imagine people who studied physics would know this.
In this story it is a metaphor for the discussions people are having and also as the evening progresses the baby bird is quietly slipping away. This story is full of metaphors. There are almost too many to bear. But if I remember people of the 60's were really into metaphors.
During the party a group of policemen arrive at the door. Instead of saying, "Hey, turn the music down" they walk through to the kitchen and join the party. There are drugs and alcohol and many deep and meaningful conversations happening in every corner of the room. The descriptions make one feel as if they are sitting in a chair in a corner watching everything.
What did I learn from this? Well if you're having a deep and meaningful conversation while at a party imbibing in drugs and alcohol you are probably going to sound less profound than you think. There will probably be a lot of gaps as your mind struggles to organise itself. Entropic brain I guess.
The themes are the slipping away of many things that come and go in a pop culture and drugs give you quite a different view point of the status quo. Conversations aren't connected much, life at times seems sporadic in a drug culture. There is also a bit of bad humour but of course the participants don't know it. I picked up on it.
There turns out, as the party progresses to be a complete breakdown of all of the systems of control.
Like I said, it is very sixties.
I liked that I had no idea about anything Thomas Pynchon related and now I have read several documents on the web about him I feel I know a bit more about him. It was an interesting exercise.