Friday, February 12, 2016
The Boy Who Shoots the Arrows
There had always been little doubt that one day Cupid, the cherubic once Greco-Roman God of Love, would sit down and write his memoirs. After all, this is the guy who drew back his bow and caused Paris to fall in love with Helen of Troy, Kanye West to fall in love with Kim Kardashian, and Donald Trump to fall in love with himself.
What was surprising, however, was the person he chose to be his co-author.
I had placed an ad on Craig's List a couple of weeks earlier offering my services as a free lance writer. To bolster my chances of attracting clients, I listed myself under the category "Craig's List Service Providers Who Won't Kill You." It wasn't long before the phone rang.
"This is Cupid, former God of Love. I know you won't kill me, but do you also work cheap?"
"If you're Cupid, tell me something about my dating life."
"Any time I had you in my sights I was either drunk, stoned, or otherwise unable to hit the side of Governor Christie."
It was Cupid!
We arranged to check each other out in a nearby Starbucks, and after cashing in my 401 (k), I headed for Starbucks to meet the once and former God of Love. I had little trouble recognizing him as of the three or four people in the place in loin cloths with fluffy wings, Cupid was the only one under 3 feet, 6.
"I want to write my life story," said Cupid, "but I need some help."
"Why is that?"I asked.
"I am to the written word what Zeus is to celibacy."
"Okay, let's try it out," I suggested. "What was your title when you were a god on Olympus?"
"Space Cowboy, Gangster of Love. Some people also called me Maurice."
"Why did you leave the Godhood?"
"Brutal hours. Any time somebody falls in love, me and my trusty bow and arrow got to be there. You have any idea how many Bar Mitzvahs I had to up and leave? I used to practically live with Jerry Lee Lewis!"
"Must be some pretty heavy legal liability too."
"You kidding? Flo from Progressive doesn't even answer my calls any more."
"How old are you, Cupid?"
"Shut the fuck up! How old are you?"
"Well, I only asked because as a Greek god..."
"You still don't ask that question, especially when you're talking to somebody who hung with guys named Flavius!"
And so we began work in earnest. Cupid had been down and out for quite some time since leaving his job on Olympus. He had worked a number of holidays including Groundhog's Day, National Squash Day, and Bob Saget's Birthday. He'd also done some freelance work getting young women to fall in love with Hugh Hefner and Rupert Murdoch, but he'd always throw up afterwards.
One of the most surprising things I've learned is that Cupid himself designed the original "love heart" with the arrow passing through it. Unfortunately he never had it copyrighted and in 1950's it was stolen lock, stock, and barrel by actress Lucille Ball. He never saw a drachma.
"What do you plan to call our book?" I asked Cupid.
"The Boy Who Shoots the Arrows, by Cupid as told to Perry Block."
I like it.
Watch for it, folks, coming to an Amazon near you!