“Choking on all kinds of miscellaneous crap, the sky doggie-humped the big valley as the day died and the forlorn red sun sank screeching into the atmospheric murk, until it exploded like the final moment in a B movie when giant methane-enriched cockroaches gas California and a buxom blonde in high-heels lights a match.
“He watched the nuclear sunset with a connoisseur’s eye. In applause, Carney threw a half-eaten taco into the gray surging water of the Sacramento River. Maybe a sturgeon would eat it, digest it, impart it within its eggs and it would end up as caviar in one of those tourist baskets along with California wine, cheese, and grapes. Maybe Carney would go swimming with the eight-hundred-pound sturgeon and the butt-ugly giant fish would eat him and he’d become part of the process…” - from China Flats, a novel by Kevin O’Kendley
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