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His face crumpled. Over the many hours I had spent with him, he rarely showed emotion, and the abruptness with which this came on seemed to startle and embarrass him. He took a minute to compose himself, then said: “I remember lying there thinking: Man, this is just never going to change. Mom and Dad, they are never, ever gonna listen to me.”
His first reaction was one of wishful thinking, the opposite of paranoia. “Well, it could be just these few cases, you know,” Ramsay remarked to John Hood, a microbiologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. “I don’t think so,” Hood responded. “I think this is going to roll on.”
They used to pile on his back during recess, his mother told me—not because they didn’t like him but because they wanted to see how many of them he could carry. “I just think Brian has been blessed,” she said. “He has been blessed with size.”
“You just have to know going in,” former Indiana senator Evan Bayh told me, “that it’s totally invasive. It’s like having a colonoscopy, except they use the Hubble telescope on you.”
I tiptoe through the piss on the bathroom floor and into the shower I share with five truckers and a possible drifter. I feel the fungus and filth eating through my toes. Is cholera still a thing? I splash on a stranger’s Axe body wash, a liberty that is strictly against house rules.
As the meal went on, they grew increasingly worried by Peter’s demeanor. He was disheveled, his long curly hair even more unruly than usual. He was muttering something about going to Texas to see Walter Korn, author of the chess bible Modern Chess Openings, and said Korn “was God.”
… AND A CLASSIC READ FROM THE ARCHIVES…
On Friday, 12 people were killed and dozens more injured by a gunman at a Colorado cinema. In April 2009, Andrew Gumbel wrote for the Guardian about what really happened at the Columbine school shootings – and what the media got wrong.
If the killers hated Christians, they were distinctly uneven in how they applied that hatred. Likewise, if they hated jocks, they didn’t make any special effort to target them. At one point they joked about killing anyone in a white hat; one boy cowering beneath a desk quickly pulled a white cap off his head, and lived.