Excerpts from The World of Art

DEATH BY OATMEAL: AN EXCERPT FROM THE WORLD OF ART

JO

But then slowly the poet pulls his face out of the mush and delivers his first line. Can I guess?

 

ART

Go crazy.

 

JO

“Law like love?”

 

ART

We have a winner!

 

JO

You realize this scene is basically identical to the first scene in all your other plays?

 

ART

Not really. In the T.S. Eliot version it was Weetabix. And he died. It’s the steel cut oats that pulls Auden through.

 

JO

Then who snorkeled in the Cream of Wheat?

 

ART

That was Langston Hughes. He dies too, so I guess that makes me a cereal killer!

 

JO

Why aren’t I laughing?

 

ART

You’re an accountant.

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