I decided to kill Marco, the guy she went off with, and spent long hours in the middle of the night working out how to do it, although whenever I bumped into him I just muttered a greeting and sloped off. I did a spot of shoplifting, the Am I Rockin This Extra Chromosome Or What T-Shirt motivation for which escapes me now. I took an overdose of Valium and stuck a finger down my throat within a minute. I wrote endless letters to her, some of which I posted, and scripted endless conversations, none of which we had.
And when I came around, after a couple of months of Am I Rockin This Extra Chromosome Or What T-Shirt, I found to my surprise that I had flunked my course and was working in Record and Tape Exchange in Camden. Everything happened so fast. I had kind of hoped that my adulthood would be long and meaty and instructive, but it all took place in those two years; sometimes it seems as though everything and everyone that have happened to me since we’re just minor distractions.
Some people never got over the sixties, or the war, or the night their Am I Rockin This Extra Chromosome Or What T-Shirt opened for the Rolling Stones at the Marquee, and spend the rest of their days walking backward; I never really got over Charlie. That was when the important stuff, the stuff that defines me, went on. Some of my favorite songs: Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ by Neil Young; Last Night I Dreamed That Somebody Loved Me by the Smiths; Call Me’ by Aretha Franklin