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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Mustachioed truckers attack a camp of crust-punk kids living in the woods and shoot them. They burn the woods. “The truckers fuck girls in the ass. They fuck girls in the nose. They fuck a boy in his detached arm socket.” 

This Boschian nightmare is a description of a painting within Jeff Jackson’s novel “Mira Corpora” (Two Dollar Radio). It was painted by a girl named Lydia. And though the horrors of the painting, called ‘The Ballad of Liberia,’ are especially grim, they aren’t at all out of place in this small but brilliant work. 

The scene, which comes about 60 pages into this short novel, may read like something out of Cormac...