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The Short Form

“The Worm in Philly”

Sam Lipsyte

Excerpt

“The book,” I said. “The book. It is for children, as you know, for all children, but with an emphasis on boys. Because there are no stories for boys.  Stories for girls are too sweet and sticky.  Everything's a colossal lie about bunnies and rainbows and butterflies. But the boy needs the truth of us as meat, to bathe in the blood of meat war.”