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My dad and I walk around the Pennsauken Mart, a sort of flea market with a roof on it. There is a t-shirt store, a place for black people’s hair products, an electronics store that sells records, and an arcade. I came for the arcade. I wanted to play Defender while my dad bought some oysters from the seafood place.
Before we leave, we go into a military memorabilia store, next to a head shop with black light posters, to try on Nazi badges. We place the badges on each other’s chests, almost as if in a ceremony, make abbreviated salutes.
What the fuck did we look like to the shop owner and passers-by at the Pennsauken Mart?
We try on old second Reich helmets, the ones with the spikes coming out on top.I try on a German army military jacket from World War II. Dad checks out pistol in the back while I pose in front of a mirror. For the first time, I think I look handsome. Not cute or boyishly good-looking, but handsome.
Just then Scot walks by. He sees me and does a double-take. He’s got a bag of cassettes he just bought from the record store.
“Hey,” he said. “So, what’s up with the Colonel Klink get-up?”
“I dunno,” I tell him. “My dad’s got a thing for German stuff.”
Amped to be part of this bill chock-a-block with great writers around the Capital Tech Region Valley Tri-City.
Get involved in local lit! The event will feature readings from Karin Lin-Greenberg (Fiction), Daniel Nester (Creative Nonfiction), Victorio Reyes (Poetry), Laura McCoy (Poetry), Richard Hartshorn (Fiction), and Moe Daniels (Creative Nonfiction).
Friday, September 18at 7:30pm
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, New York 12180
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in Bulmer Telecommunication Center (BTC) Auditorium.
Doors at 7pm, readings at 7:30, subsequent meet-and-greet with the writers. Books will be available for purchase.
Facebook event page here.