Jul/Aug 2022

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h u m o r  &  s a t i r e

Humor and Satire

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The Best Time is Now

In second grade Leonide declares, by means of an elaborate cyber-opera using randomly generated digital sounds as the symphonic base for deconstructed atonal arias, that she is post-binary. She reclaims the pronoun she. Three months later, quietly, she also takes back her. Her school and parents remain supportive. She is an excellent student and starts some high school level work by fifth grade, but Sidwell refuses to let her skip grades knowing she'll bump up their exam stats. For fun she takes the college entrance exams at the end of sixth grade and breaks the automated grading system . A couple months later, and two days before her 12th birthday, a highly armed white supremacist group storms the state capital down in Richmond, 110 miles away, and executes the governor and lieutenant governor and tries to start another Civil War.

Jennifer Walker