This story is a submission for Friday Fictioneers, https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/07/26/28-july-2017/phone-booth-jhc/ . It was prompted by the photo below, kindly provided by J Hardy Carroll.
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Monet For Nothing
En route to interview the gallery’s new curator, the journalist couldn’t help admiring the stunning installation.
“Whose work is this?” she asked the janitor.
“KC? Who –”
“You not from round here?”
“A local star then? This piece … genius … it speaks to the conflict between historic modes for achieving interpersonal dialogue and the irresistibility of semi-rooted but evolving means of sharing information.”
“Yes, the artist’s determination to avoid emasculation by technology is subtle yet undeniable. Is it for sale?”
“Five hundred. Cash. You know … struggling artist.”
Nobody used the pay phone these days anyway.
In case anyone wonders, KC used to be the acronym for Kingston Communications, a company that has a monopoly on landline provision in Kingston upon Hull (UK) and the surrounding area. It’s been rebadged as kcom.