"It's no crime," she said, first time she kissed me. First time we stuck up that man on the avenue for cash, it was. Don't matter where it starts, matters where it goes. Where we were now, I don't know, but I'm not letting her hold me back from where I'm going. "No more of that Dollar Store shit," I speak to her purple top, cinched tight in the middle how she wore it, always trying to change my mind. "I'm gonna knock off the Mall of America." "I know," Susan looks at her bare feet. "And that's why I called the cops. You won't make it. They'll kill you." I raise my Gordy Auto Fire 238, and pull back to cycle the first of eight bright red shells into the chamber. She has a single tear running down the scar across her nose. "Sarah, I love you," she whispers. "Love is a crime, " I say.
(The first actual injuries we've covered in this series, and two deaths to boot. Two deaths from a toy gun deserve some memorializing hard-boiled micro-fiction. Yes? No? What's appropriate? More toy guns?)
"For centuries the situation in literature was such that a small number of writers faced many thousands of times that number of readers. Then, towards the end of the last century, there came a change. As the press grew in volume, making ever-increasing numbers of new political, religious, scientific, professional and local organs available to its readership, larger and larger sections of that readership (gradually at first) turned into writers. It began with the daily newspapers opening their 'correspondence columns' to such people, and it has now reached a point where few Europeans involved in the labour process could fail, basically, to find some opportunity or other to publish an experience at work, a complaint, a piece of reporting or something similar. The distinction between writer and readership is thus in the process of losing its fundamental character. That distinction is becoming a functional one, assuming a different form from one case to to the next. "
--Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction