Перевод песни Laurie Anderson – The Salesman

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Now the book is called Stories from the Nerve Bible, and what I mean by the
Nerve Bible is the body. And parts of the body appear and disappear throughout
the book, adding up to a kind of self-portrait, although not a very
naturalistic one. And I used the word Bible in the title of this book because
the first really strange stories I remember hearing were Bible stories
And these stories were completely amazing; about parting oceans,
and talking snakes. And people really seemed to believe these stories,
and I'm talking about adults. Adults, who mainly just did the most mundane
things imaginable-mowing their lawns and throwing potluck parties-they all
believed in these wild stories, and they would sit around and discuss them in the most matter-of-fact way. So, in a way, I was introduced to a special local
form of surrealism at an early age
And so there was always a question in my mind about what's actually true,
and what is just another art form
Now I've always been interested in trying to define what makes up the late
twentieth century American, for example. And so, as an artist, I've always
thought my main job was to be a spy, to use my eyes and ears, and find some of the answers
For example, I like to hang around the banks of phones in airports,
one of my favorite listening posts, and eavesdrop on conversations.
Now I usually travel on the same schedule as salesmen, and after lunch these
guys call into the main office. And I just stand there at the phones,
listening in and taking notes for my portrait of the American salesman
Uh, Frank?
Listen, Frank, you know, I hate to say this about Brad, I mean we both know
he's got a heck of a job-
Yeah. Yeah. Oh, you're so right
But you know, we both know that Brad just isn't pulling his weight,
you know what I mean? And I'm not saying this just because we're both up for
the same Safeway account
So this book is really a collection of voices and stories, as well as portraits
of people that I've met along the way