Fiction is the New Truth
By ice rivers
Fiction is the new truth.
I'm pretending to be a writer. I'm also pretending to be the narrator in an ongoing story in which I am pretending to be one of the main characters created by the writer that I am pretending to be.
And most of it is true except, of course, for the lies which I tell to the characters that i pretend to create as a fictional writer and whom I pretend are my confidantes.
In return, I realize that the characters that pretend to confide in the character that I pretend to be are also telling the truth most of the time except when they lie to me which sort of defeats the purpose of them pretending to confide in me which is quite an amusing technique for the writer who is pretending to be me and as such is pretending to write about pretending to be amused by a technique that reeks of despair and mistrust.
It all goes back a few years ago to that moment when Jeff Bridges came to town and I pretended to be sitting next to a character who was pretending to be Otto Scmidlapp. Otto was pretending to agonize over the integrity of taking a picture of Jeff Bridges after he had learned from a character pretending to be a blue haired old bitch that photography of any kind was prohibited.
Very near to that moment, Otto realized that he was in fact The Dude that Bridges had tried to portray in The Big Lebowski and therefore he was a fictional character looking at the actor who had pretended to play him.
Of course, even that fictional character was me pretending to be him.
When it all became too much for Otto, he spotted me pretending to be Thornton Krell sitting next to him. I pretended that Otto was perceptive enough to realize that the guy who was pretending to sit next to him was also the guy who was pretending to be the writer that had got otto into this situation in the first place and who therefore probably knew how to get him the hell out of there.
And that's where fiction started to become the new truth.
It's all there in black and white if you go back to the beginning.
Or even better
Pretend to go back to the beginning and I'll pretend to believe your lies. I'll believe you understand the back story to all of this illusionary pretension and we'll start all over again.
And that's the truth