Luke Niebler

Beached Wail.

Luke Niebler

Q: Should I go to the beach today? 

I finished my homework, I live 60 miles away from it, and my parents said yes to going there. Should I go or no for good reasons?

 

A. Going to the beach will not fend off the inevitability of the grave. You, perhaps, will be able to feel that you are in a new script—perhaps a lovely holiday script—but you will never be able to shake the feeling that you are living an imitation of a life. You will probably have a mediocre time, more Stranger Than Paradise than From Here to Eternity.

 

I am, however, intrigued by the imagery of the beach. It exists in the nexus of ocean (unknowable / unconscious mind / Mother), the land (epistemology / conscious mind / Father), and the air (idealistic / collective mind / God(dess)). It is an "evocative" and "trascendent" image. Perhaps seeing it covered in dirty diapers and trash will disabuse you of notion that "transcendence" is possible.