By Colson Whitehead
Town of Winthrop has determined it wishes a brand new identify. The resident software program millionaire desires to name it New Prospera; the mayor desires to go back to the unique selection of the founding black settlers; and the town’s aristocracy sees no cause to alter the identify in any respect. What they want, they become aware of, is a nomenclature advisor. And, it seems, the advisor wishes them. yet in a tradition crushed through advertising and marketing, the identify is every thing and our hero’s efforts may end up in not only a brand new identify for the city yet a brand new and subtler fact approximately it as well.
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The ground rushed up to meet him like a long-lost creditor; he landed, swore and rolled. His head protested in the strongest possible terms. The dragon didn’t move. He stood up. ’ He had now, of course, shed the marble and was back in a conventional human skin; but not for very long, because Bianca’ s voice and the slap of her hand on his shoulder made him jump out of it. ’ and turned white, all in an impressively short space of time. ’ His brain reported back off sick leave and mentioned to him that the creature holding his arm was not a dragon so much as a defenceless girl.
George concentrated. ‘Apparently I can. ’ The pigeon looked down. It was now sitting on the head of a short, bald man in a blue donkey jacket, jeans and scruffy trainers. ‘Fine,’ it said. ’ George shrugged. ‘Dunno. Who cares? ’ The pigeon searched its memory — about a quarter of a byte, say a large nibble — for a phrase overheard in crisp-shrapnel-rich beer gardens. ‘A pint of bitter, please, mate, and a packet of dry roasted peanuts. ’ ‘Right. A pint of bitter, please, mate, and a packet of dry roasted peanuts.
It was only a statue, nothing more. Fuck that, George reflected, so’m I. And people who live in marble overcoats shouldn’t prod dragons. He waited a little longer, each second dragging by like a double geography lesson. He wasn’t at all sure that he understood how this statue business worked, but either the dragon simply wasn’t at home, or it was waiting for him to make a move. In the latter case, staying put was simply prolonging the inevitable. He braced himself, took a deep breath and jumped.
Apex Hides the Hurt by Colson Whitehead