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By Charles Burns

Mystery lurks lower than the outside of a pastoral suburban panorama. Charles Burns combines household brutality, infantile interest and a smidgen of the inexplicable in 1960s-TV small-town united states. initially issued by means of uncooked in black and white, it’s uncomplicated stuff given surroundings via Burns’ expressive and anxious art.

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I reach into the drawer, slide out a wicked knife, and whittle a half-inch away from all four sides of the cake. Precisely. Like a surgeon amputating someone’s arms and legs. I chew thoughtfully. “Good job,” I hear Old Lady Campbell telling Zack. “Good job,” I say to what’s left of the crumb cake. But why am I uneasy? I have a lot to be uneasy about. And the very worst is Diglio, with a bomb unburied in his backyard. Bomb. I stand up. The chair tips over and bangs against the refrigerator. I rush down the hall—­past the bedroom with Fred in a frenzy—­and slam open the studio door.

Ursula’s front lawn, get soaked in the sprinkler, and head for our kitchen door. 54 Chapter 10 Mom is in the backyard with Mary, pruning the rosebush. “Maybe I can save it yet,” she says. ” I don’t stop. ” She wipes her forehead. ” “Learning Bach,” Zack says. I’m almost dancing up and down on the back steps as he launches into Bach’s life story. He’s probably making half of it up. At last we skitter into the kitchen and grab a pair of tuna fish sandwiches to take with us. Linny blocks the hallway.

But now Zack is making pizza eyes at me that fortunately Pop can’t see. For a moment I’m confused. Then I see Pop’s shovel leaning against the wall with his wire cutters, hacksaw, and a loop of rope. I hardly pay attention to the rest of Pop’s talk. I’m trying to think how we’ll explain what we’re doing with 37 that stuff. I decide to meet the whole thing head-on. “We’ll build Steadman a playhouse,” I say. But for once Zack doesn’t get it. ” His voice is desperate. I understand. Following Steadman around will make this the worst summer on record.

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