AN EQUAL AND OPPOSITE DARKNESS

THE OLD IMMUNITY IS GONE, AND THERE ARE NO MORAL EXEMPTIONS

The first eye is the amateur's video camera. it has the milling people in shorts and T shirts, the hot Atlanta night, then--blast and blast wave (no video hallucination, you can feel it), heads in unison dip-duck-flinching, abruptly frozen time (an instant that seems terribly long), until at last the crowd's comprehension comes to a scurrying critical mass, and then--the surge just short of panic (young mother and father each crouching-hurrying to push a child's stroller away from the violent whatever-it-was); and, crisscrossing the screen, center to right, a young man with an inappropriate smile and turned-around baseball cap, his smile...

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