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By Richard Yates

Robert Prentice is eighteen. His mom, Alice Prentice,is fifty three. either are broken souls: Robert, by way of conflict; Alice, via thwarted desires of prosperity.

In deeply humanizing photographs, the nice American author Richard Yates crafts a singular of postwar the USA, immediately at odds with its personal experience of identification and mercilessly prohibitive to its like-minded electorate.

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Images have mass Like dust in a convoluted shaft where the only sound is the miner’s grunt and the faint note the notorious Canary releases, strangling in airlessness. 18 B a l d M a n Fa l l a c y The sniper’s scope passes over the forehead of a girl playing with a block of wood in a drainage ditch, Moves across the neck of her brother—who teases her by throwing dried goat turds like meringue bombs To destroy her battleship—and comes to rest on the heart of their mother, who sits in the shade of a date palm, Carding wool.

On a shelf above the Ark, where a cherub, deploying tamed cyclones, supervised the dusting, God set his beloved collection of shrunken heads. ΠWhat he had constructed contained all the necessary elements for levitation, but his ascension was thwarted by an opaque cloud of words. ΠHe might have slept, but the thump of blades on wood startled him, and the muffled screams ahead, and the fighting not to lose his place in line. ΠShe was reading a book on the bus: soldiers, betrayals, executions; it absorbed her as the bullet smashed the window just before her stop.

Under the bridge, the alchemy of dawn is failing in its ancient transmutation, carbon dioxide and mercury sloughing off molecules of shit. ΠThe final radiance arrives: everyone ossifies, tipping statues undercut by erosion, skeletons in derelict museums punching out, departing. ΠThe lovers dressed, pulling underwear from under the chaise, stockings from the mantle, fur from bushes, hiding their feelers, hooves, horns. ΠBefore they burned the bodies, they killed them; before they killed them they tortured them; before they tortured them, they gave them jobs.

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