is January’s Counterpoint Story in Pure Slush.
Music, crime and punishment.
“A man did something terrible. He went to a place where many young people were gathered and killed them while he listened to dramatic, classical music with booming drums and blaring trumpets that made him feel like a hero. ”
Many thanks to editor Matt Potter who asked for a counterpoint story and for Jules Archer for writing the counterpoint story The Plan.
“I strap the Walkman to my waistband. Put in the tape and cushion the oversized headphones against my ears. I push play, letting Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries take over. The beat is glaring but soothes. I barely feel myself leave the jalopy, barely hear the door shut. The rifle, some man-made creature, slung over my shoulder, its butt dangling near my waist.”
(Image by Sharihahr Erfanian)