Thursday, July 25, 2013

the last book I ever read (Jamie Quatro's I Want To Show You More, excerpt five)

from Jamie Quatro's I Want To Show You More: Stories:

We asked Teddy Ellison to give us a bid on the demolition. Outside the sanctuary, Teddy ran his hands over the stones, his eyes wide.

Do you realize what you’ve got here?

We said we didn’t.

Pick any ten-by-ten section of this wall. What’s the smallest stone you see?

We pointed to stones eighteen inches in diameter.

Do you know what that means? Teddy asked.

We said we didn’t.

No plugs, Teddy said. Every stone laid out on the ground and fitted together like a puzzle. Before construction.

He paused.

No one builds like this anymore, he said.

We allowed ourselves a moment to regret living in an aesthetically denigrated era, one in which the use of plugs was no longer considered a blight on artistry.

Then we called in the wrecking crew.

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