Letters from the Johnny’s pub – Barret

 

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The first chapters of Stars of dust: A gift for you

 

Translated by Emilia Maiella

Late at night. A man wanders out of the pub, he has a bag of laundry in his hand. He wears a t-shirt with I am Mister Roger wrote on it. He seems confused, as if he were lost. He stays still and observes the moon. How many verses have been recited to the moon?

In the world of imagination, there happens most of the things, for the rest we live in a state of generic immobility. Someone said that we use only one part of our brain: what happened to the other?

 

The man enters in the pub. He looks mild, he studies the environment, and then he looks at me.

- You're a weird guy – he says to me.

- Did you listen to me?

- Yes, you ask strange questions...

- And you could answer me?

- Well, I was just looking for a laundry to wash my shirts.

- At this time of the night?

- I couldn’t sleep.

- I see…

- ...and then, I like to stay in the laundry, there smells clean...

- Oh, sure...

- I relax in the laundry...

- Yeah...

- Always better than watching television, right?

- You are right…

- You are very complaisant...

- Eh, everyone says so...

- Nice place: what is it?

- It's a pub!

- Uh... and you don’t happen to have washing machines?

- No, we just have some mellow red ale...

- I was looking for a laundry, my friend, however, now that I'm here I'd like some fruit juice...

- I'm sorry. We do not have fruit juices ...

- I see…

- What can I give you?

- Oh... so, what could I take? Do you have some water?

- Yes, I would say yes...

- Then fresh water, thank you...

- Good. Johnny? – I say to Johnny B. Strong – a pitcher of water...

- Fresh, please... – Says Mr. Roger.

- He's daydreaming, Johnny – Johnny B. Strong replies.

- Dude, so you can’t tell me where I can find a laundry to wash my t-shirts?

- No, I'm sorry…

- I'll try to find it by day...

- I'm sure you'll find it...

- Let's hope…

- Here's your water, my friend...

- Thanks, Johnny... it's really cold... and then it's refreshing...

- Yup…

- You know Johnny, I heard you before, while you were thinking... sometimes I happen to dream...

- Uh, come on Mr. Roger, tell me about your dreams...

- Well, they're very short dreams...

- Describe them...

- Do you really want to know?

- Are you kidding? Of course…

- Well, so... I... it's kind of an unusual dream, actually...

- Don’t worry…

- I... in the dream... I play in a successful rock band...

- And do you like it?

- It's the best thing that can happen... but then I wake up and go back on my feet... it's not easy to be in a successful rock band...

- Why?

- You have to swim forward, I'm someone who needs to float.

- It's a confusing image, but it conveys the idea...

- You know, Johnny, the mind is... a wild animal, most people can tame it... it's an organ inside a case, basically, and it tends to free itself...

- Oh... what you say is deep...

- Thanks Johnny. Can you tell me what time the laundry opens?

- Tomorrow morning, Mr. Roger.

- Do you mind if I wait here?

- No, of course.

- This is a nice place.

- Thanks, Mr. Roger.

- Yes, I feel good. It's big but quiet, you can rest... and then, nobody is looking for you.

- Does it bother you when they're looking for you?

- Well, I don’t have much to say... I go shopping, I go out for a walk, I take care of the garden...

- A quiet life...

- Yes, a quiet life... do you mind if I take a nap?

- No, here you can rest as much as you wan ...

- But you wake me up when the laundry opens...

- Sure.

- Maybe I’ll have a good dream...

- Good rest, Mister Roger...

- Oh, Johnny, you're very kind...

 

POSTS FROM THE JOHNNY’S PUB

  1. Introduction
  2. Pete Townshend
  3. Keith Richards
  4. John Lee Hooker
  5. Janis Joplin
  6. Chuck Berry
  7. Patti Smith
  8. Syd Barret
  9. Debbie Harry
  10. Cheeta
  11. Mick Jagger
  12. Keith Richards, James Brown, John Belushi
  13. Stuart Sutcliffe
  14. Keith Richards 2
  15. Sgt. Pepper
  16. The diabetic guitarist
  17. Bob Marley
  18. Queen
  19. The quick tempered guitarist

DEAR CUSTOMER ON GOOGLE


Why is a nickname more indicative compared to our name? Personal details are the result of the choice of others. Sooner or later, when we enter the world of work, those letters will become numbers. On the other hand, a nickname is linked to a really happened event or to a personal trait. In a manner of speaking, it reveals our true identity.
In consumer society, where all echoes are adulterated - Karl Marx is the man of chocolate with the caramel layer and Che Guevara has killed Spider-Man - identity becomes a main topic. Keeping it and being involved as little as possible by the obsession with buying, is a primary matter.
Leopoldo Canapone, protagonist of Dear Customer, every day witnesses the procession of customers infatuated by the commercials and promotional offers. He also knoews a lot about nicknames and, above all, he had an identity. Aspiring actor, he was sure in the end he would enter the Cinecittà Studios. He wrong a few hundred meters. Years later, he stamped the card in the supermarket near to the film establishments, but after all, also it was art because, as a sales clerk, he had to wear a mask and smile to the audience.