[joe-frank-list] 'That night'

russellbell at gmail.com russellbell at gmail.com
Mon Jun 21 01:35:49 PDT 2021

	Joe goes fishing with his uncle Fred (Ryan Cutrona?) a week
after Fred's retirement.  A fish pulls Fred into the water; his body
is never recovered.  This makes Joe reconsider his values.
	1:50: The maître d' of 'Le Dome' shows Joe and his date to the
employees' wash room, seats them on toilets; when Joe complains he
smashes the water pitcher on the floor and demands to be taken to his
mother.  On his way home, Joe reads a story in the paper of a surgeon
taking out people's internal organs, replacing them with electronic
gear.  At home, on the TV newscast, the anchorman shows palms with
bleeding stigmata, the anchorwoman rips off her blouse, holds her
breast, gyrates; they report on a corporate takeover of the Vatican.
	2:50: Joe switches to another channel; its news reports of
animals, their habitat destroyed, have moved into cities and taken up
crime.  A female reporter in the field talks to people who have been
attacked by animals.
	4:40: Joe calls up the woman in an apartment across the
courtyard who is nude, upsetting Joe.  First he wants her to put
clothes on, then to meet him, to have a relationship with him.  She's
unsympathetic to Joe's distress and uninterested in meeting him.
	8:50: Joe sees prostitute sheep in the street, a beggar fox.
A nun from the Order of Infinite Charity in a limousine lures Joe off
the street, forces herself on him.  They drop him off in the suburbs.
	11:00: A marching band and float from the homecoming parade of
Swinburne Agriculture and Mining College drives by.  The woman on the
float asks Joe the way to the college: they've been lost for more than
40 years.
	13:20: Joe thinks of going into the map-making business; he
wants to create life-size maps because they'd be more accurate.  Then
he laments how formulae, analogous to maps, constrict our lives.  An
old man stops; he's the fiancée of the woman on the float, he's
looking for her.  She had given him a bouquet made of 2 sticks and a
rock, which he still has.
	17:20: Joe wonders why there is so much suffering and other
philosophical matters.
	18:20: Joe calls the woman across the courtyard again.
Because she persists in refusing him, he shoots her.
	20:10: Joe talks about the narrow border between order and
chaos, wonders if we will save ourselves from ourselves.
	21:00: Joe is now in the country (no mention of how he got
there); feels great to be in nature.
	23:40: Uncle Fred, happy to be about to retire, invites Joe to
go fishing with him.
	24:20: The nun tells Joe that this is what angels would do if
they had bodies, tells Joe not to judge her.
	25:00: The woman on the float calls to report a missing
person, herself.


russell bell

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