Great Moments in Literature

“Time of a summer evening when the world is being downsampled toward grayscale. The air cooling, a change that seems to be caused less by the setting of the sun than by the fading of color; and the legions of cicadas falling silent, as if color was the thing driving them mad and making them scream.”

—Greg Hrbek, Not on Fire, But Burning, 2015

 

“DOES THE SOIL REMEMBER? CONSIDER THIS PLOT OF LAND, A FEW ACRES OF UNHALLOWED GROUND. HERE LIE THE ROTTED REMAINS OF A HUNDRED EVIL MEN, THEIR LIVES SNUFFED OUT BY THE SOCIETY THEY DEFIED. MURDERERS. KIDNAPPERS. RAPISTS. MEN WHOSE LIVES WERE A CATALOG OF PAIN AND DEATH FOR ALL WHO CROSSED THEIR BLOOD-STAINED PATHS. DOES THE SOIL REMEMBER? DOES EVIL LEAVE ITS BLACK STAIN EVEN ON THE INNOCENT EARTH? I KNOW. AND I WILL TELL YOU, IF YOU ARE STOUT ENOUGH OF HEART TO WALK A WHILE ALONG THE PATH I DAILY TREAD.”

— John Byrne, ACTION COMICS, Vol. 1, No. 585, “And Graves Give Up Their Dead…,” 1987

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