Friday, May 6, 2011

Hanging in the Balance




Fish drying on my uncle's laundry line this past March on the day that radiation levels spiked in Tokyo.



When he invited me to try them grilled, I couldn't refuse. It wouldn't have been polite. Upon finishing the last morsel, I guzzled down the glass of warm beer he poured and peering into the bottom of my drinking vessel spied a furry brown life-form clinging to the inner hull. The man is a master breeder of mold. A sprinkling of radiation or a dash of fungus? If I had to choose between them I don't know which I would have picked.





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