By David Hopson
The Fisher kin of Alluvia, long island, is coming undone. Evelyn spends her days tending to her husband, Henry—an acclaimed and reclusive novelist slowly wasting his conflict with Alzheimer’s. Their son, Benji, onetime superstar of an ’80s sitcom known as Prodigy, sinks deeper into drunken obscurity, railing opposed to the bit roles he’s pressured to absorb uncelebrated nearby theater. His sister, Claudia, attempts her top to shore up her family members at the same time she offers with the results of a extraordinary, decades-old mystery that’s come to mild. while the Fishers mistake one in every of Benji’s drug-induced injuries for a suicidal cry for aid, Benji commits to taking part in a job he hopes will opposite his fortune and stall his family’s decline. Into this combination comes Max Davis, a twentysomething cello virtuoso and real-life prodigy, whose visual appeal spurs the total relatives to envision no matter if the secrets and techniques they suggestion have been maintaining all of them jointly may very well be what’s tearing them apart.
David Hopson’s all of the Lasting issues is a gorgeous, relocating kinfolk portrait that explores the legacy all of us stand to leave—in our lives, in our work—and asks what these legacies suggest in a global the place all of the lasting issues don't final.
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4. While I was waiting for the bus I put my hand into my pocket to get some change. ” I nodded. 5. While I was waiting for the bus I put my hand into my pocket to get some change and I forgot where I was and what I was doing and I looked at a cloud for help but it said nothing. 21 PISS-BUSH I can make a gift for you that is a snowball in a brown paperbag and I can make a gift for you that is confetti cut from lamplight and I make gifts like that, that’s all I do. I woke up facedown in my pillow and I thought the world was gone and I became a millionaire but I was wrong and now I regret throwing out all of my underwear and socks.
37 12. I walked up to the dead body and the policeman and I played a few games of tic-tac-toe on the dead body and the policeman kept winning because he kept taking the middle spot like a cheating motherfucker. 13. ” 14. I stopped next to the dead body. A policeman looked at me. ” 15. I walked up to the body. I looked at it. I bent down and scooped some water from a puddle. I put the water up to the dead body’s mouth. Nothing happened. I thought, “I am going to go watch tv” and then I walked away and my hand was cold and wet.
So gross. 19 PERSON IN A WHEELCHAIR ON A TRAMPOLINE I don’t care if it takes me the rest of my life I am going to spit on my feet until I float away from the planet into space where there’s no one to talk to and nothing to do. You can be a miniature god if you shoot my boiling head and kill it. Shoot my boiling head—I feel too stupid to move. My plaque deposits become horns when I shove them deep into my forehead. Still look the same. And I can kill anything that is smaller than my mouth or hands.
All the Lasting Things by David Hopson