7: Alpha Beta Parking Lot

Sleeping in a car moving across this continent is time travel; you're very likely to wake up in another era. That man you just locked eyes with could have been your grandfather. Before the War. This brand and that cut are were not, until today, things you know from experience but from heavy-lidded memories of late nite reruns. You start to wonder how exactly the world twists around you while you sleep. You look at your hands expecting scars and calluses to still be in your future. You get a little paranoid.

8: Sky Blue Sky

They went Downtown on a Sunday.
Nothing going.


9: The Late Greats

With the earnings from the race they go into that little record store across from the Barnes and Noble. They're there until closing, carefully selecting; this will be the soundtrack to their entire October and maybe even November if money's tight.
On the road they test out their new materials. As the tones and stories fill the Civic they slip in and out of new characters. Testing them out. Gripping the wheel a certain way. Twisting their features into unfamiliar expressions. They are renewed.

10: I'm Only Sleeping

Geography has a strange influence on the radio
Sounds become liquid and tactile
Voices turn to syrup
Putting forth great anger enrobed in great civility
Beats migrate to your sternum
Colonize your heart
And turn humours a golden hue
Radio is sonar
And every song
Is Answer
Is Illumination
Is Location


11: Softest Bullet Ever Shot

12: Theologians

Ext Night-A deserted highway in the middle of the night. It is very dark but not pitch black. A solitary Honda's headlights are the only things gliding down the macadam.

Int Night- Two men are inside the car. A haggard looking KADREY is at the wheel. EVAN is passed out in the passenger seat.

Highway-The Honda going down a hill. The headlights suddenly go out. The car pulls over.

Car Interior-Kadrey opens the door and gets out in the huff. The automatic light wakes up Evan. He is a bit disoriented. Off screen Kadrey is cussing up a storm and we hear him kicking the bumper and the hood.

What's going on man? Hey Kadrey. Kadrey! What's going on? Kadrey what the...

[tossing himself into the driver's seat] The lights are dead.

Lights? Both of them? That doesn't happen man.

In lieu of a response, Kadrey makes a frustrated gesture towards the front of the car.

How long 'til sunrise?

I look like an Apache chief to you?

Kadrey balls up his jacket, puts it under his neck and reclines his seat all the way back.

You really going to sleep?

If you let me.

Man, I'm wide awake.

Kadrey digs around under the seats and finds a flashlight. He hands it to Evan. He digs around some more and comes up with a book.

Here. Read.

[looks at the book] Where did you get this? Arthur Miller is ass.

I know he's ass, but it was only a dollar.

[sort of fascinated by the book now] Attention must be paid.


Attention. Must. Be . Paid. He wrote that. That's some sentence. "Attention must be paid." It's like awareness, imperative, existence and economy. In that order.

Evan. Read. Sleep. Marvel. Just shut the fuck up while you're doing it. Please.


13: Don't Take Me Alive

Evan decided to look up an old buddy. Since we were in town and all.

His family had no news and no curiosity. I think there was a peak of lassitude in their answers but I won't swear to that.

He was not at work where they told us he'd dropped by if and when he was needed.

He was nowhere. And if he was somewhere then we had no idea of what that looked like.


14: Gaucho

Right before daybreak, Evan found him in the sliver of space between two warehouses; Kadrey was crying.
"Kadrey, It smells like jizz and fried chicken. How you even breathing in here?"
"Please. Please don't tell anybody."
"Who'm I gonna tell. You're everyone I know."


15: Bad Sneakers

Drinking in worn out clubs with young ladies.
Trailing the music by half a beat.
Pissing in badly lighted johns crowded with scoundrels.
Smelling like smoke and vinegar.
Feeling like ashes and leather.
Forgetting what day it is.
Only Evan is having fun

16: Lucky


17: Equivalents

Kadrey says:
"Everybody is from TV"

"Everybody looks like somebody else"

"No one's got their own face"

"Not Any more"