Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’ | by Namwali Serpell | The New York Review of Books

Drunk: My man, what’s happenin?Sun Ra: Everything is happenin.Drunk: What is this? I mean, wh-like, uh, where am I? You know, uh, who is you?Sun Ra: I’m everythin and nothin.Drunk: Nothing?! Well, you better tell me about this nothin stuff cuz, uh (chuckle), I need a job. And I—and I ’on’t know what to do.Sun Ra: What have you been doing lately?Drunk: Uh, huh, huh, huh, nothin really, nothin.Sun Ra: How long have you been doin nothin?Drunk: Quite some time, quite some time.Sun Ra: You must be an expert at it.Drunk: Got my BA, shiiit.Sun Ra: We’ll hire you to do that.Drunk: How much I get paid, man?Sun Ra: Nothin.

Source: Sun Ra: ‘I’m Everything and Nothing’ | by Namwali Serpell | The New York Review of Books