A WRITER'S WIT
The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.
Born November 21, 1694
November 24, 2014, Brad Watson, “Eykelboom”: In what seems like a sub-suburban cul-de-sac of the 1960s South, Emile Eykelboom, aka Ikey, moves in from Indiana with his brute of a father and whisper for a mother. ¶ Mr. Eykelboom, who drives a dump truck, couldn’t be more abusive if he tried. The three McGowan brothers have Emile cowed for a while, but Emile is actually bigger than they are, and one day he snarls back, fights them off. Watson does a great job of recreating a period in our history in which parents beat their kids, especially if “they had a good reason.” ¶ The boys realize the difference, however. Mr. Eykelboom seems to enjoy abusing his son. After a neighborhood incident that leaves everyone on the cul-de-sac shaken, the Eykelbooms move away. To say any more is to say too much. Watson’s latest book is Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives. Illustration by Leslie Herman.
Richard Jespers is a writer living in Lubbock, Texas, USA.
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