THE LOUNGER DIARIES have been published by Storyboard4 since the site was first established in 2011. Prior to that, it had briefly appeared in the late 1990s as the Bollinger column in a short-lived magazine, Socialist Democracy1.
Following the death of Rîcard Stephane De la Mer in September 2013 new authors/‘recorders’ have stepped in and a new series of the diaries was launched in 2014 along with a regular diet of short ‘video montage’.
It has been suggested that we should launch a ‘Lounger fan club’. Isn’t that going a little too far? Let us know; VOTE below. If you think membership of such a ‘club’ will entitle you to discounts at your favourite French restaurant … forget it. The Lounger book: 2011-2013 and a collection of episodes from 2014 are now available for download; click on the left-hand column link under “For downloads”.
Current episode below
THE SUN may have been shining, sporadically, but inside, internally, the Lounger was dodging ‘April showers’. Whatever he did — do-gooding altruist that he was — there was always someone who had little more to do than denounce him. He had for many years been fully aware of his sins. Head-butting an orthodox Trot was not a solution, even if momentarily gratifying.
Lucky for him that HC and the protégé Sassy still thought he was worth the bother.
“What’s up now?”, HC enquired.
– “I’m a waste of space …”
– “Even ‘he’ thinks so.”
– “You know … ‘him’.”
– “Oh. ‘Him’. Have I not said before we only exist inside his head.”
– “But that’s a precarious life. What if they ‘zap’ some more of his neurones?”
Difficult one; hard to call. Can fictional characters escape? Discuss.
HC was pondering: “If he gets on that bus to the hospital we’ll make a run for it.”
– “Erm … if we’re fictional how do we escape? Don’t we need to find someone’s head to live in?”
– “Hmm … Fair point. We must be prepared though. Clean underwear?”
– “Do fictional characters wear clean underwear?”
– “I do, thank-you very much.”
The Lounger was not always sure whether HC was sometimes being fastidious or fussy; a similar linguistic root but the resulting definition was not necessarily the same. Now he would be troubled by this: was he being finicky perhaps?
“Where would we go?”, the Lounger asked.
– “Somewhere new. There must be lots of heads out there we could live in.”
– “I don’t doubt that but what if it was a head that was even worse than him?”
– “Well dear, what if we chose a female head?”
– “Don’t I already live inside your head ..?”
– “Well, yes dear, but that’s only because we both live inside his head. Think of the possibilities; living inside the head of a woman.”
– “I think I need to lie down …”
– “You do that. You know dear, you’re a very principled man.”
– “Did you just say that or am I hearing voices?”