But seriously, in my descriptions of Arkansas, I try to convey some of the decay, the innate corruptness of the human experience in the South. Even here, in Little Rock in 2011, the social stratification that existed in the 1950s still exists.
Long bar table shining / like heaven. Sit down. Let me / tell you my theory of everything—
" If you're right," she said, "it could be the most fantastic event a scientist could observe and record." Her eyes refocused and met mine. "Or it might be the most frightening; a final horror."
Introduction to this week's reprinted story.
As with so many other things, my devotion to Gustave Flaubert's A Sentimental Education can be blamed on Samuel R. Delany.