|Painting by Brendan O'Connell.|
American snapshot, 2016.
“I used to work at Wal-Mart. The people who shopped there brought with them their family dysfunction and acted it out in front of me as if they forgot they weren’t within the paper-thing walls of their tenements. They unloaded it and pushed it around in their carts as if it were another gaudy purse or screaming brood covered in tears and snot. They made a show of telling their children to shut up, screaming louder than the kids as if such a victory would produce the spoils of silence. It never worked. Nor did it work when they pulled the brat up by the arm and delivered a sharp hit to the butt, one to the leg, another to the back of the back before slamming him or her back down into the built-in seat. ‘There! Now you’ve got something to cry about.’”
— Corey Taylor, The Untoward Adventures of Ichabod Stitch