F I C T I O N I ran into Albert Camus the other day. (it’s my fiction, I can meet up with anyone I want).
We were in front of Starbucks.
Quoi de neuf? I hailed.
“Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?”
Jesus, you go dark all the time. Lighten up, I replied.
“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.”
Come on Al. It doesn’t have to be like that. Are you working on anything new?
“Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre.”
Oy, you’re killing me with these quotes. You’re like a one-liner factory. Just tell me if you’re working on a new book.
“Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘Yes’ without asking a clear question.”
See, this is why everyone thinks of you as an existentialist.
“We are all special cases.”
Enough! Are you seeing anyone?
“It is necessary to fall in love… if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway.”
Can’t you ever be rational?
“Stupidity has a knack of getting its way.”
Totally! I have always admired the way you are in touch with your inner self.
“If something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.”
That’s what I’m talking about. And you know what you like.
“I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.”
That’s absurd. But then you’re absurd. Has anyone ever told you that?
“I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.”
Right, right. Not like you’re some kind of fame whore or anything like that.
“To be famous, in fact, one has only to kill one’s landlady.”
Seriously? You’re going there?
“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”
Yeah, okay. Listen Al, it was great seeing you again. I know you’re still not speaking to Sartre but you know he thinks the world of you. Maybe it’s time you guys patched things up.
“Every man, and for stronger reasons, every artist, wants to be recognized. So do I.”
Okey dokey. Good seeing you again. You take it easy. Or take it any way you can get it.
Jay Harrison is a graphic designer and writer whose work can be seen at DesignConcept. He’s written a mystery novel, which therefore makes him a pre-published author.