Patricia Lockwood, "Rape Joke"
The rape joke is that you were 19 years old. The rape joke is that he was your boyfriend. The rape joke it wore a goatee. A goatee. Imagine the rape joke looking in the mirror, perfectly reflecting back itself, and grooming itself to look more like a rape joke. “Ahhhh,” it thinks. No offense. The rape joke is that he was seven years older. Then suddenly you were older, but not very old at all. The rape joke is that you had been drinking wine coolers. The rape joke is he was a bouncer, and kept people out for a living. Not you! The rape joke is that he carried a knife, and would show it to you, and would turn it over and over in his hands as if it were a book. He wasn’t threatening you, you understood. The rape joke is he once almost murdered a dude by throwing him through a plate-glass window. How can a piece of knowledge be stupid? The rape joke is that his best friend was named Peewee. OK, the rape joke is that he worshiped The Rock. Like the dude was completely in love with The Rock.
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