by Diego Cupolo
This is beautiful.
"We had pieces of the puzzle, but however we put them together, gaps remained oddly shaped emptiness, mapped by what surrounded them like countries we couldn’t name. What lingered after them was not life, but the most trivial list of mundane facts: a clock ticking on the wall, a room dim at noon, the outrageousness of a human being thinking only of herself. We began the impossible process of trying to forget them. …So much has been said about the girls over the years. But we have never found an answer. It didn’t matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls. But only that we had loved them and that they hadn’t heard us calling, still do not hear us calling them out of those rooms where they went to be alone for all time and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together." [x]
Marine infantry in Taiwan practice using flame throwers in a simulated battle, January 1969.Photograph by Frank and Helen Schreider, National Geographic
stress less because it’s not worth it