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Monsters of Monologues

September 23, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

Have you ever stopped to think about Eric Bogosian?
After seeing him on ‘Law and Order: Criminal Intent’ and then buying ‘Talk Radio’ I have. It all harkens back to an SNL skit which had Bogosian going against Spalding Gray in a fight as the Monsters of Monologues. I recall lauging at this and having to explain it to people around me and then them still not getting it.

Kind of like the Mamet joke at the end of the Simpson’s were Lisa tries to be a dancer.
But I digress.
Perhaps the reason I think about him is because of the titles of his plays, “Drinking in America” which I was almost in during High school but the school refused to let us do it and I doubt we’d have gotten the rights. “Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead” I believe that was another set of monologues but I recall finding it in the New Library at NMSU (when it was the New Library) and thinking that that was how I felt. That ultimate frustration that can come from dealing with the modern university system.
But what student doesn’t feel that often?
I guess that’s what Bogosian’s writing was to me. A mix of things I felt that I knew and things that were related but often only slightly like ‘SubUrbia’. So to see him on a USA line up acting opposite Private Pyle seems so very odd. I half expect to find other meta connection with that show cropping up for no reason.
But not being the big fan of L&O CI, as the kids call it, I doubt I’ll ever see it. Instead I’ll stick with SVU because it’s got Ice T and Richard Belzer. Even if I can’t see Christopher Meloni without thinking of the police convention check in scene in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’.

*Added Sunday December 02, 2007*

Turns out that Alia has also joined the cast of L&O CI.
The original Alia from Lynch’s ‘Dune’ not the Sci Fi mini series.
Now that’s Meta.


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