By Giorgio Manganelli
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The goofy posters of cats and turtles were gone, too, leaving pale patches on the wall. ” David sat in one of the squeaky leather chairs. Dr. Roger folded his hands. Dr. Lightly’s rainbow-haired trolls had been replaced by a blotter, a telephone, and a little red wooden bird, the kind that dipped its nose over and over again into a glass of water. Dr. Roger touched its beak, and it started to bob. “So, David. ” “Good. ” David’s chair squeaked. ” “Hello, David,” said the speakerphone on Dr. Roger’s desk.
Discomfort . . ” “No, I didn’t know that,” David mumbled. ” A boy David’s age ran in front of a green screen, pretending to duck the images of computer monitors, cell phones, and game systems dive-bombing his head. ” the boy shouted. ” The music switched from menacing to hopeful. Dr. Love, now in a relaxed sundress, strolled through a sunny park. “Studies have shown that young men from thirteen to seventeen are particularly at risk. Cases of anhedonia, moral apathy, and even suicide are on the rise.
That killed all three of them, and they actually rolled on the sidewalk outside the Pavilion like a bunch of bums. It was a good night. Then came the afternoon in September, two weeks before the power outage. Charlie biked home from school, leaned his rusty ten-speed next to his father’s, and pulled open the whining screen door. Charlie lived alone with his father, Thaddeus, who was a professor at Clark University on a sabbatical of undetermined duration. Thaddeus’s passion was New England flora, and he spent hours in the backyard, pondering plants.
Salons by Giorgio Manganelli