I watched them come home year after year from Iraq and Afghanistan, young men and women no older than my own children, some missing an arm or a leg, some terribly disfigured by bomb fragments, all damaged emotionally by what they had seen, and I knew I had to write about it . . .
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She came up to me in the parking lot behind the Slung Rig after the show. The lot reeked of piss, puke, and exiled pizza scraps. Even the rats were too finicky to troll around this Hamden hole, where headbangers and punkers partied or balled inside their cars whenever there was a gig. Those who could get it on around this stench had a better constitution than me—that, or some sort of mutant fetish, but hell, that’s mutants for you . . .
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Which reminds you of the first time you ever dropped acid.
Hardly anyone then had ever heard of LSD. But rumors dawned of a great new drug which let you see God, or someone similar. Apocryphal stories drifted like alien blimps through misty skies. How LSD had been discovered by an atheist Swiss chemist who got some on his hands and became a holy man. How Aldous Huxley had taken tons of it and left his dying body behind, rising like a comet into heaven . . .
Etzler’s Machines by John Adolphus Etzler (by Robert Antoni, from As Flies to Whatless Boys)
The Caribbean is, above all, a sentiment, a rhythm, a way of life. In this respect, I grew up in a place that is both essentially Caribbean and, at the same time, desperately seeking to avoid its Caribbean nature . . .
Read about the many Akashic events at and around the Brooklyn Book Festival!
Featured: Black Interest
- Kingston Noir (Jamaica)
- Not for Everyday Use
- Bandits & Bibles: Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America
- Globetrotter & Hitler’s Children
- You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity
- To Funk and Die in LA
- Bernice L. McFadden Digit
- Iron Balloons: Hit Fiction From Jamaica’s Calabash Writer’s Workshop
- Haiti Noir
- The Hungered One
- Every Boy Should Have a Man