Dialogue Final

This is a FICTIONAL DIALOGUE with a few REAL QUOTES from people.

Two men and two women meet up with each other on 96th and West End. They are VIVIAN GORNICK, COLSON WHITEHEAD, AL CAPONE, and ANNA. The sun is just beginning to set. They are all dressed nicely.

GORNICK: “More often than not an afternoon on the West Side feels positively romantic.” (9)

CAPONE: “I don’t even know what street Canada is on”.

ANNA: It’s not up here, I’ll tell you that much. Have you been before?

CAPONE: Once or twice. A while ago.

ANNA: I’m not surprised you came back, then. I can’t imagine trading in a place like this for a place like that.

CAPONE: -chuckles- No one else could figure out what I was doing there, either.

ANNA: I’m glad you’re back, anyways. Colson’s been here for a while, too, haven’t you?

WHITEHEAD: “I’m here because I was born here and thus ruined for anywhere else” (1).

CAPONE: Don’t I know it. “My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they’re going to stay that way.”

WHITEHEAD: “You are a New Yorker” (1).

CAPONE: I travel around a bit. Vivi, do you do any traveling?

ANNA: -quietly- Al, she’s gonna yell at you. You know she doesn’t go by that.

CAPONE: Viviiii…

GORNICK: “What a fool you are to glamorize life in the city” (6).

ANNA: Oh, not this again.

GORNICK: “New York loneliness [is] hot with shame, a loneliness that tells you you’re a fool and a loser” (6).

CAPONE: Vivi, you always do this.

GORNICK: “[It’s] the glamour of uncertainaty” (2).

CAPONE: -to Whitehead- Every time we go out.

ANNA: -now walking, with the rest trailing behind her- Come on, we went out on a walk up here because the last time we went out, you didn’t like the bar we were at.

CAPONE: “Prohibition has made nothing but trouble.”

ANNA: -exasperated- That’s why it’s over, Al.

CAPONE: -mimicking- That’s why it’s over, Al.

ANNA: Vivian, aren’t you having fun?

GORNICK: -perking up a little- “I feel myself emboldened in the embrace of the crowded street” (5).

WHITEHEAD: -pointing up to a building- “That used to be a Munsey’s” (3).

ANNA: No kidding, really?

WHITEHEAD: -morosely- “We can never make proper goodbyes” (3).

ANNA: Colson, you’ve only been there twice.

VIVIAN: -walks ahead of the group, getting excited- “Nothing heals me of a sore and angry heart like a walk through the city I often feel denying me” (5)

CAPONE: “I deny absolutely…that I am responsible.”

ANNA: Not that kind of denying. Colson, thank you for coming with Vivian.

WHITEHEAD: -laughing- “We’re probably neighbors” (6).

GORNICK: -annoyed- “My acquaintanceship – like the city itself – is wide-ranging but unintegrated” (2).

ANNA: I mean it’s a simple matter of a zip code –

WHITEHEAD: -suddenly argumentative- “The New York City you live in is not my New York City; how could it be?” (3)

ANNA: -to Al, muttering- Why does this always happen when we hang out?

CAPONE: “Now I know why tigers eat their young.”

GORNICK: -becoming more frustrated- “I live here because I feel uncomfortable elsewhere….I’m not the right person for this life” (4,7)

CAPONE: Aw, Vivi, don’t say that.

ANNA: If this is how it’s going to be, when this is over I don’t want to hang out anymore.

WHITEHEAD: -innocently- “New York will go on” (6).

GORNICK: “The city is deranged!”

CAPONE: “You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.”

ANNA: That’s not even what this is about, Al!

GORNICK: -stops walking, looking more defeated than angry- “Never am I less alone than in the crowded street” (4)

WHITEHEAD: -taking her hand- “The city knows you better than any living person…because it has seen you all alone” (5).

GORNICK: -smiling at him- “I am amazed by [your] eloquence” (10).

WHITEHEAD: -kissing her cheek- “We will go” (6).

ANNA: -to CAPONE- Did you ever have lover’s quarrels?

CAPONE: I told you, I go far with kind words.

GORNICK: “The pavements of New York are filled with people escaping the prison sentence of personal history into the promise of an open destiny” (7).

CAPONE: I resent that.

ANNA: Don’t start with that again. Can we go to dinner now?

WHITEHEAD: “That kinda shady Chinese restaurant?” (5)

CAPONE: I like that shrimp, the Lack Tongue Tang shrimp.

WHITEHEAD: “Lake Tung Ting shrimp” (5).

GORNICK: -finally happy- “Sounds…alluring” (2).

ANNA: Good. Let’s go.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. jwclegg
    Feb 27, 2014 @ 19:10:39

    I think you captured the spirit of these readings very nicely, here. It was funny too, which I appreciate. Great job.


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