sit inside the Taco Bell on Kennedy Boulevard, a stone's throw
away from the Holland Tunnel. He speaks of the coming destruction
of the cities of the plain, all stemming from the wickedness of
its inhabitants. Like an amateur I ask how one goes about accomplishing
something like this, to which he replies brimstone and fire.
I try to feign repulsion although
admittedly there is something pleasing about
the image of Joey and Cindy Adams John Cardinal O'Connor, Click
supermodel Fredericka, all rushing out of Le Cirque frantically
hailing yellow cabs in an onslaught of brimstone and fire. Hopefully
there isn't a stupid grin plastered on my face.
"Would you also destroy the righteous
with the wicked?," I ask, turning to find him finishing off his
chili cheese burrito. Undoubtedly he sees me as some kind of moral
and intellectual lightweight and probably isn't listening, but
I press on all the same. "Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes
have taken it upon myself to speak to you: Suppose there were
fifty righteous within the city; would you also destroy the place
and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? Shall
not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
"As for these fifty righteous,"
he says, "I will make you a deal. If you can find one
righteous man I will spare all the place for his sake, but if
that one righteous man is not found, you must be chained to a
rock and forced to hear Michael Bolton's 'Time, Love and Tenderness'
CD over and over for all of eternity."
On second thought he's probably right
about the one righteous man bit. I mean, why stick my neck out?
"What if I find one good rock and roll band in Sodom? Will you
spare the city for one really good rock and roll band?"
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