Bullet in the Brain
"The bullet is already in the brain; it won't be outrun forever, or charmed to a halt. In the end it will do its work and leave the troubled skull behind, dragging its comet's tail of memory and hope and talent and love into the marble hall of commerce."
This story by Tobias Wolff follows a rude book critic, Anders, into his local bank just before it closes. Suddenly, a robbery occurs and the reader discovers the single memory that Anders chooses to recall right before he dies from a bullet to the brain. He relives the moment that he first fell in love with the musicality and unexpectedness of the words that used to bring him so much elation before he turned sour and jaded, before his youthful wonder towards the world completely faded away. Read the full story here.
Artist Ambar Velasco will be submitting a new piece each week that draws inspiration from a short story that she has encountered. Specifically, she is drawn toward works from the genre of magical-realism and explores these themes in her own practice.