Conclusive Evidence that Arcade Toy Cranes Are Fucking Evil

toy crane

PLAY UNTIL | Cara Dempsey

Cease, Cows.

⇒Today my comments appear in bullet point form, just for the hell of it:

  • “Play Until” is written in an informal, chatting-over-a-couple-beers second person.
  • The voice in this piece is very sharp, very aggressive—in contrast, quite interestingly, with the persona of the “you” protagonist, who is much more passive, much less outspoken, it seems.
  • This story captures the horrors of the arcade’s toy crane impeccably; this piece features the best toy-crane horror sequence since that scene in Toy Story.
  • At a certain point, things get surreal as fuck. And yes, it does have to do with the toy crane.
  • I’ll admit, when I first started reading this, I was on high alert: it’s in the second person, it’s about a college-age relationship, and the speaker talks with all the unfortunate verbal ticks of a college girl (“so,” “like,” etc.)
  • Despite the ominous symptoms, I read on, and was rewarded: this is a great, dark, funny story.
  • Read it.

Read the piece over at Cease, Cows!

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