Por lo general dejo fuera del blog el 99% de lo que hago para otros foros. En primer lugar, este espacio siempre ha celebrado el castellano y la mayoría de lo que escribo es in inglés. Además, entre artículos, entrevistas, columns de opinión y reseñas literarias, me pasaría la vida metido aquí si compartiera todo. No obstante, lo que sigue es algo único y pensé que merecía ser compartido.
Desde hace algunos meses soy el editor de la sección de poesía de Black Heart Magazine. La revista también publica ficción, entrevistas y algo que camina sobre la línea divisoria entre la ficción y la no ficción: confesiones amorosas dirigidas a personajes ficticios. En otras palabras, se explora el espacio donde se siente algo por una persona que no existe. De más está decir que se hace con el propósito de entretener y para burlarse un poco de la manada de no-lectores que viven suspirando por personajes blandengues de esos que hoy pululan en la literatura light y su plétora de cagarrutas cinematográficas. Aquí les dejo my "crush" con la bailarina exótica Coco Darling, heroína de Trashland A Go-Go, de Constance Ann Fitzgerald.
Coco Darling. Say that name a few times. You probably think it
belongs to an exotic dancer. If so, you’re right. How could it not?
Notice how your tongue lasciviously licks the back of your front teeth
when you say her last name. Ah, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s hard not to
fall for a woman with such a name. It’s even harder if you take into
account the fact that she earns a living spinning around a pole in a
g-string. Well, she used to dance, right up until she had a little
accident and two guys threw her in a dumpster. Don’t worry, she woke up
in a world full of trash, befriended a fly and went on to become a
queen. I know because Constance Ann Fitzgerald wrote all about it in a
book titled Trashland A Go-Go.
If you’re familiar with this section, you’re probably wondering why
I’m referring to a character from a book as if she was a person. The
only thing I can say is this: watch Cool World or Who Framed Roger Rabbit
and get off my case. Now allow me to tell you how I was able to talk
to, and then more or less get a date with, the woman of my dreams.
About a month ago I spent a few days in California. I’d love to tell
you why, but that would most likely ruin the excellent work the good
folks at the Witness Protection Program have done recently. In any case,
I walked into a bar and ran into Constance. Who hadn’t seen each other
since our band, Boys Can Be Riot Grrrls Too!, dissolved. We hadn’t kept
in touch, but I’d read her book. Constance was bummed because she’d just
put a restraining order against Henry Rollins. I comforted her for a
while. Then, when she went to the bathroom, the creep that lives inside
me looked through her phone. A name popped up: Coco Darling. I ran
outside and dialed. A woman picked up and this is what went down.
GI: Coco? Is that you?”
CD: Yes, it’s me. Who the hell is this?
GI: I’m…I’m a friend of Constance.
Could I ask you a few questions…for a magazine?
GI: Okay…How has life been since you decided to stay in Trashland?
CD: I know it sounds kind of ridiculous to say that living in a trash
heap is the best thing that ever happened to me, but it’s true. I’m the queen
here. I get to do whatever I like, whenever I like and not a single person
questions me. You can’t really beat that, can you?
GI: NO, you certainly can’t. Have other people tried to reach you now
that you’re a character in a book?
CD: Oh, sure! Damned internet… Girls I used to work with looking to
ride a little coat-tail and some exes here and there pop up just “wondering how
things are.” It’s a bore. I didn’t like them then, and chances are I won’t like
GI: And how do you feel about Constance
CD: I wish she would have asked my permission first, that’s for damn
sure. It’s sort of invasive and awkward. Seeing someone else’s impression of you
can be…interesting. Do I really swear that much?
GI: You make drunk truckers blush, gorgeous. Er…since those two
douchebags left you in that dumpster, how do you feel toward the opposite sex?
CD: I’m pretty skeptical. I guess I always have been. I try to
remember that not all men are terrible pieces of shit like Arnie and Victor.
It’s much less of a problem now that I am in charge. Go ahead, TRY and
disrespect me. See what it gets you.
GI: Do you miss your…profession?
CD: You know, at first, I really thought I was going to. Not the job
itself so much as the attention. But I have more attention here than I could
have dreamed of. Now I relish my few hours of solitude and want for nothing. No
rent, no sleazy boss or grope-y dirtbags.
Life off the pole is pretty fucking great.
GI: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve found in Trashland?
CD: Amelia Earhart. We have brunch every Tuesday.
GI: Awesome! And what’s Rudy up to these days?
CD: Sadly, he died shortly after I was crowned. We had a nice service
for him and buried him in the pornography heap on the west end of Trashland. He
would have wanted it that way, the little perv.
GI: Speaking of pervs, what would your perfect prince be like? You
know, besides having the common sense to not throw you away like an old hamburger.
CD: Right? That’s kind of a give in. “All I want in life is a guy
who’s going to cover me in filth.” Excuse me? It’s funny, because although a
lot of ladies don’t come outright and SAY that, they seem to agree on some
subconscious level. All I really want is someone I enjoy spending time with and
vice versa. Someone interesting, adventurous and filled with great stories.
Cute doesn’t hurt though…
GI: I’m not cute, but adventure’s my middle name and I’ve got stories
out the wazoo. If I found my way there…would you like to get some coffee
CD: You silver tongued bastard. You’re buying.
There you have it, folks. Maybe I dreamed all that in my drunken stupor (Constance can drink an alcoholic Irish powerlifter under
the table), but the conversation lives in my heart. Now I only have to find a
way to make it to Trashland…
Note: The author would like to thank Constance Ann Fitzgerald for
maybe, in an alternate universe, channeling Coco Darling so she could
answer some questions.
Gabino Iglesias is a writer and journalist currently living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Austin Post, Business Today magazine, San Antonio Magazine, Bizarro Central, CultureMap Austin, Divergent Magazine, MicroHorror, El Nuevo Dia
and a few anthologies. He’s also a book reviewer for HorrorTalk,
Horrorphilia, the Lovecraft eZine and most recently joined Black Heart
Magazine as its new Poetry Editor. He can be reached at
email@example.com or via Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.
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