When I was a kid my dad bought us a video game system for Christmas. This was in the early eighties — the height of the Atari era.
We got a Coleco-vision.
It came with Donkey Kong. We were lucky that it came with a game because there weren’t any other games available. Literally. The Coleco-vision was discontinued and we’d already missed the closeout sales on Coleco games. I think any that were left were likely being used as a mulch over the buried [...]
The guy that usually cuts my hair wasn’t in today. I always wait for him when I go in. Not because he’s a particularly skillful barber, but because of an awkward moment that happened the first time I went to that barbershop.
I had gone in for a haircut after a two year hiatus. For one year I shaved my own head for reasons that I could never really articulate. At the end that experiment I just stopped cutting my hair. [...]
Driving back to work, I saw a cop car with its lights on blocking the right lane of the expressway. I slowed to a crawl along the left edge of the left lane as I passed, thinking there must be an accident.
Instead, as I slowly panned across the scene, I saw a white fleet vehicle with a home decor business name painted across its flank.
Inside were three middle aged soccer moms with eyes wide as saucers.
Outside their car crouched a [...]
the babies didn’t cry that nightthough the wind was coldand whipped through the woods where they were huddledthough the wind was coldand flickered the torches of the men searching
a young father knew cold nightswhen his baby would cry as he walkedin front of a fire that flickered in the hearth
"Put the babies to breast." he whispered to the women crouched behind himthey put their babies to breastso the babies wouldn’t cry that night
a boy of three crouched below his motherhis [...]