Claire Vaye Watkins, “The Last Thing We Need”

628x471A man writes letters to the man whose letters and things he found in an abandoned town.

(from Battleborn)

I think there will be lightning tonight; the air has that feel.

Please, write back.

Today was one of those early spring days where everybody dresses light and sits outside and pretends it’s not actually still pretty chilly out. I read this one in Rittenhouse Square. It was unexpectedly heavy at the end. I am too tired to think about why I liked it, but I did. I bet this was inspired, partly, by the one segment I remember from This American Life, although it’s actually pretty different so maybe not. Read ”The Last Thing We Need” here. And here are some pics of Rhyolite, the abandoned Nevada town at the center of this story.

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