Of The Meeting Rivers 1
A reserved parking spot
A hand held microphone
A fan at the lectern
A box of tissues
My companion, seemingly as relaxed as I, was turned away from me, gazing out at the view on his side of the car.
I had to lean right across him to see down the hill. He sat back to let me do so, indicating a point well below us and some way off.
I strained to see where his right hand pointed. As I leaned close across him, his left arm came quietly round me and held me fast.
For a moment I thought he was supporting me against the swing of the car on the bend. Then he held me, the arm like iron, his hand now gripping my left arm and holding it helpless.
"If you keep still, you won’t get hurt."
First Ballantine Books Edition: February 1985
Punk Rock’ Outfit: Jacket
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1985-87
Green cotton twill with pinned-on printed cotton plain weave; spray paint, ink
Philadelphia Museum of Art
CreditStephanie Berger for The New York Times