Nineteen Seventies America was a bastard child of the Sixties and Eighties; a wild bastard, halfway between a pot smoking Flower Child and a self-absorbed, cocaine tooting New Waver. Likewise, King Dong is the Seventies' Bastard: crude, in-your-face, and a bit incorrect, politically speaking --- prophetic and offensive to the prissy heads.
King Dong is the confession ---or pseudo-confession--- of Niles Winkleman to leading his half-brother, Virgil, to a "glorious", but untimely demise.
Niles and Virgil meet after years of estrangement, on a flight from South America to the U.S. Both brothers are leaving the southern continent under less than auspicious circumstances. Niles is being kicked out for his fatal meddling in his host country's politics. Virgil's job as a geologist has taken him into the Amazonian jungle where he's stumbled upon a sacred native root, Yerba Priapismo. The Yerba makes today's Viagra look like a sugar pill. For the secret of the Yerba, Virgil goes the Dutch trade for Manhattan one better. For the tribe's sacred root, he's traded the Indians a black, rubber dildo, after which he hits the trail back to the U.S. with visions of dollar signs flowing from drug company coffers, to his.
On the plane, when Niles learns about the Yerba, he appoints himself Virgil's Business Manager. Then, over the course of several years, Niles drags his naif half-brother through a lurid and demeaning career in circus side-shows; prurient T.V. specials, and finally, by virtue of the Yerba, involves Virgil in an escalating series of "Knievel-stunts", with demands for the ever more extreme sex stunts, that finally kills him.
Virgil's fatal challenge in on stage at Lincoln Center, against the beautiful, but deadly sex machine, Succubus II. In full King Dong regalia, and sporting a nose-high erection implanted with weapons-grade technology. Virgil struggles mightily against the machine, missing, like a drunken matador, thrust after thrust, intended to impregnate the machine and win the duel. Battered and staggering, Virgil fights gamely on, but after the fifth round, gamblers in the audience have begun exchanging money. What happens then is quick, and some in the audience miss it. Virgil seems all but on his knees, until with a sudden desperate maneuver, he deceives Succubus, sinking his great equalizer deep into her artificial womb. That should have been the end of it... but the rest is Nile's to tell.
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Published July 17, 2012
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