Edmund X White | Cheap Pets

Cheap Pets
Created November 2011

“I bought a replacement umbrella at the bodega for 3 dollars; the function was replaceable but the individual thing of course was not. Its delicate limbs and webbing spoke to a strength of purpose greater than its price suggested. I was reminded of the cheap pets at pet stores: fish with translucent bellies, luxuriously furred rodents, bright songbirds. Price and value fighting at the lost and found bin. Consumerism played out in these glorious sidewalk deaths.” Continue Reading →