“What You Eat,” by Ben Ehrenreich
First appeared in BOMB Magazine, April 1st, 2003 (online here); anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2004; apparently also made into a film
4,440 words, a little over ten pages in BANR
Oh, I like this. The kid seems to have a compulsive need to push boundaries—first with his slingshot, then with his incredible perversity at the end. You’d think giving his father the scare of his life would be enough, but he has to go all the way, and I like that.
I wonder if many kids brought up in rigidly authoritarian households end up boundary-pushing like this?