Sunday's newspaper column mentioned a poem reader Jane Harrison had written about the body of a girl found in a vacant lot on Feb. She had been shot, and went unidentified for 19 days, when her father saw a police sketch of the victim and came forward.
Harrison wrote "Lament" days before the girl's father identified her as Tyisha Brown.
I quoted part of it on Sunday, in part to highlight a murder that didn't get much attention, and as a reminder that every killing matters. Wrap her closein fabrics of unimaginable softnessand warmth -- royal colorsto enoblea short and disposable lifethat mostly hid in grays and grayer Erase fixed sorrow from her featurescaptured with exactnessby the artist in the morgue Summon musicbefitting a lost princesswho lies in state And since there areno conceivable amends to makefor her severed young lifeand all the bitter time she lies unknownat least, at leastremember her-- Janes Harrison, March 8, 2008Five days later she had a name.
With Americans feeling safe to go out again, why does the zombie apocalypse roll on in popularity?
I’ve seen the comment made more than once recently that we secretly long for the zombie apocalypse to actually happen.
I originally dismissed the statement as a flippant, thoughtless remark made by people who will never experience living a poop pile life in a nation torn by war or marked by famine.
However, there is a lot of truth to the statement, and when I’m honest with myself, I wouldn’t mind a little zombie apocalypse, either.
My scholarly exploration of the idea that we want the zombie apocalypse to happen follows, and I’ll be making my points with examples from the AMC series, “The Walking Dead,” which returns tonight, and boy have we missed it.
We long for the zombie apocalypse because: I wish I had more time to write.I wish I didn’t have to brave the outside world to make my living. There is a lot to be said for staying active and having new experiences and meeting people. I would have more time and energy to devote to writing if I made more money at it. It’s hard for Indie authors to get attention and sales.I linked zombie entertainment (books, movies, games, dressing up like a zombie and rolling in the mud for charity, etc.) with the lack of control Americans felt due to the threat of international terrorism.I argued that the fiction zombie apocalypse rose from the ashes of the World Trade Center, giving Americans back the sense of control they’d lost in the face of an enemy they couldn’t hope to fight. I haven’t changed my mind about why the zombie apocalypse rose, but I have a new theory about why it has, if anything, gained steam. They don’t think twice about attending crowded, high profile events.Some Americans are still afraid of and hate Muslims, but they deal with that fear by being racist asshats.Sure, there are homegrown enemies who are shooting people in schools, but white people are doing most of the shooting, so that’s less scary, and the answer to the problem is we need more guns, so there’s the solution, right there.