31 Ejaculations: No. 23

It's just because my cool is beyond sex.

Published July 5, 2000 7:30PM (EDT)

There was a time when I didn't care about anything or anyone. With some girls, if they think you really don't give a shit about them, that is a true aphrodisiac. Now maybe I was dysfunctional. I didn't care about anything because I had trained myself not to care about anything. And that was because deep down I hated pain. While all the other young jerks were busy worrying about making a big impression and some such, I was so deeply buried in my nihilism I didn't even see the girls, let alone worry about what they thought of me. And like I said, for some women, girls, whatever, the more you don't care, the more excited they get. For some reason, the really pretty ones are the worst.

So I'm hanging out in this shithole nightclub. Dark, smelly, everything stinks of stale alcohol and tobacco products. The college morons are sniffing drugs and trying to pick up girls wearing Wonderbras and thongs. And I'm just wandering through. Not even wasted, just immersed in my self-loathing.

I pass this gaggle of idiots who are teasing two model wannabes, or maybe they were models -- who can tell anymore? I don't even glance at the girls, not a sliver of a glance. I had already checked them out from 20 feet away and fuck me if I'm going to give them the satisfaction of looking at 'em. But I knew one of them was checking me out as I passed by.

Of course, the one guy who doesn't look at her, she's going to notice. Later I'm smoking a cigarette, propping up a wall doing nothing, because in those days I was nothing. Empty. A void. A vacuum. And she sidles over to me. I'm so hip, it's silly. She's got to test me. She's got to see if she can get a rise out of me, see if I'm the real thing.

And she can't. Not because I'm trying to be cool, because if I were trying, it wouldn't work. It's just because my cool is beyond sex. It has to do with some tremendous ambition I have to become somebody someday. And I want it so badly that any moment-to-moment distraction like sex is only a hindrance to my ultimate grandiosity. Or something like that.

She won't relent. She has to know about me. She wants me to buy her a drink. I say, "Whatever." She's humming with delight. But I just take her by the hand and steer her past the bar, lead her downstairs where the club keeps the aluminum kegs of beer. What was she going to do? Call my bluff?

I led her into this tiny washroom they've got down there for the bartenders, bumped her ass into the filthy sink, pushed her head down and opened my fly. She kept trying to look into my eyes like she was going to learn something. I didn't care if she got off or not. I just did it and, when I was done, pulled a wad of toilet paper off the roll next to her thigh, wiped myself off and gave her a quick, hard kiss. It was OK, considering how incredibly beautiful she was. But that's the sad thing, wasting all that on a numb and treeless asteroid like me. Too bad.

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By Eric Bogosian

Eric Bogosian's new book is "Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide" (Little Brown). He is best known as a playwright, novelist and actor. He wrote and starred in the play, "Talk Radio" (NYSF - 1987; on Broadway starring Liev Schreiber- 2007), for which he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival "Silver Bear." His six solo performances Off-Broadway between 1980 and 2000, (including "Drinking in America", "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll" and "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee") received three Obie awards. In addition to "Talk Radio", Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including "subUrbia" (LCT, Second Stage, also adapted to film), "Griller" (Goodman), "Red Angel" (Williamstown Theater Festival), "Humpty Dumpty" (The McCarter), 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). He is also the author of three novels, "Mall", "Wasted Beauty" and "Perforated Heart" and a novella, "Notes from Underground." He is a Guggenheim fellow.

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