Way back in the vault
During the week a friend of mine from back in high school (thanks, Mel!) sent me a copy of a short piece I wrote for my high school (shout out to Eastside High School in Greenville, SC!) literary magazine way back in the day. Like 25 years ago back in the day.
Excuse me, I will now go sob in the corner and rock back and forth with my knees pulled up into my chest, Leo Mazzone-style, for a minute.
Ok, I’m back. *wipes tears from eyes* Back to our regularly scheduled essay.
Three things struck me about this. First, I have absolutely no recollection writing this, though from the subject matter it’s CLEARLY something I would have written. And I did write for the school paper somewhat prolifically and to occasional acclaim, so it is certainly plausible that I would have submitted a piece or two to other school outlets. Second reaction was, man, this is just god awful. But then I thought about it and realized that I was 18 at the time so in context it’s pretty good I guess. Something doesn’t quite flow correctly though so I’m wondering if any of it got cut for space. (Pro writer tip, if you wrote something that was published and are unhappy at all about how it turned out, blame the editor, even if it’s totally your own fault.) Third, my sincere apologies to Larry Mullen, Jr. for misspelling his name. My bad, bro (thought really, you should blame the editor).
Anyway, here it is included below, along with a link to the pdf so you can print it out on a fine piece of parchment paper, suitable for framing. Enjoy. And if you don’t like it, just remember that it’s worth what you paid for it (zero dollar, zero cents), so you definitely got your money’s worth.
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