House of Pleasure
You Know What - Chapter 05 – HOUSE OF PLEASURE by Dr. Ezra Vitkin My cave is my home, but don’t cheat yourself, you can’t live away from civilisation. Sometimes you must go back to it! I like my apartment. It is shabby and in a skimpy neighbourhood, but nevertheless I like it. Being awake tires me horribly. Actually, I can’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t been tired. Not physically, but mentally! Thinking hurts me and I can’t stop thinking. I’ve tried everything, but nothing’s worked. That’s why at some point I decided to sleep more – I hoped I would rest from thinking while asleep. And in a way I was right, since it turned out thinking didn’t tire me in sleep. But now there are two side effects of it: first, I can hardly distinguish between reality and sleep, and second, while I’m awake my brain is so loaded with information from my dreams that in result I think more and tire even quicker. So I’ve decided to accept this state of affairs and attempt to function within its borders. I have to control chaos ruling my life. Something must happen, that’s for sure! In evenings, when I come home I put a couple of ice cubes into a glass, squeeze a half of a lemon into it and pour some mineral water. I carefully choose a record, sit comfortably in an armchair, study the cover and listen. Music flows and I absorb it with every particle of my body. All those cracklings and imperfections allow me to go back to the days when thinking wasn’t so exhausting. It’s probably the only true pleasure I still experience.
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