By David Jauss
This moment choice of brief tales via David Jauss opens with an epigram from Milan Kundera that units the degree for plenty of of the characters in Black Maps: "It takes so little ... for anyone to go the border past which every little thing loses meaning." between these for whom all that means is misplaced is the guy in "Torque" who supplies up his spouse and a baby for the sake of a wierd quest to construct a limousine. Or the son in "Glossolalia" whose father has suffered a anxious breakdown. The humans the following endure the load in their problems uneasily, yet with a undeniable world-weary reputation.
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The rest of that morning, Freeze filled sandbags in the dizzying heat, his back and shoulders aching, while a fatass MP named Hulsey stood by the bunker, throwing his walnut baton into the air and catching it. He was trying to see how many times he could spin the baton and still catch it. So far his record was six revolutions. Whenever he dropped the baton, he'd say "Uncle fucking Ho" and spit. Freeze stood, stretching his stiff back, and watched the MP fling the baton. He shook his head. He'd come halfway around the world to watch a man toss a baton into the air and try to catch it.
That's right. Since he's a new recruit, I thought you could teach him some of the finer points of shit-burning. Now chop chop," Reynolds said, then turned and left. "You heard the man," the guard said, then went back to chewing his gum. Freeze watched the guard chew. Eat death, he thought, and smiled to himself. Chew that gristle down. He tried to stand then, but his head was pounding so hard he sat back on the cot with a moan. He stayed there, dizzy, for a moment, then stood slowly and dressed.
He wondered why Page 25 he'd never noticed how strange it was. He tried to remember Mary Ellen's laugh, but it was no use. Ever since he'd come to Nam he'd been forgetting things, and now almost everything was gone. And what he did remember seemed more like something he'd overheard in a bar, some dim, muffled conversation. 's brains in his mouth, the top of his skull turned to pulp. He couldn't have seen these things. It was impossible. Wasn't Perkins transferred to another company? B. gone back to the world?
Black maps by David Jauss