Iceland (Part 2)

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Iceland (Part 2)[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank
Absurd Monologue, Narrative Monologue, Absurd Lists, 56 minutes
Preceded by: Iceland (Part 1)
Followed by: Iceland (Part 3)

We find ourselves adrift, not knowing what to believe in.

Iceland (Part 2) is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1990.


We're witnessing the decline of civilization. People feel spiritually disconnected. Joe announces the founding of a new radio ministry. Deciding on iconography for the new religion. More critique of Lila; she's always late, meeting Lila for a movie and for dinner. Zeno's paradox - eating a meal forever by repeatedly halving one's food. Joe approaches a familiar stranger in a restaurant, knocks into a waiter who begins to dance. Leaving unmarked packages in an airport and calling in bomb threats for fun. Wearing a duck suit to a pond in the park. Scenes from a market in Marrakech. Dancing in the square with an open fly, dripping lamb stew. Straining to be natural, trying to carry oneself in a positive way. Trying to leave for a dinner party with Lila. She comforts a lonely neighbor, talks with her mother on the phone. Lila's exhibitionism. They are told that Vogel has died, make plans to attend the funeral. She describes working with him studying compulsive behavior in nomadic tribesmen. Random one-liners, ("never trust a naked man who tries to sell you a skin graft.") The radio ministry solicits donations. Stories of donors who receive miracles, those who did not donate are ruined.


Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "[P]erformed by Joe Frank, and created in collaboration with David Rapkin and Arthur Miller. Mixed by Bob Carlson, with sound effects by Jeff Sykes. Special thanks to Michael Yasui, Lee Papageorge, Eric Meyers, and Sheila Bjornlie."


  1. Online music services mislabel this track "Fragrance".