What I’m reading.

(Photo by Dan Winters.)

From Colson Whitehead’s essay “A Psychotronic Childhood,” about growing up with B-movies in the New Yorker‘s sci-fi issue:

In keeping with my family’s affection for doomed product lines and hexed formats, we purchased a Betamax. The year before, we’d bought a TRS-80 instead of an Apple II, and in due course we’d unbox Mattel’s Intellivision, instead of Atari’s legendary gizmo. This was good training for a writer, for the sooner you accept the fact that you are a deluded idiot who is always out of step with reality the better off you will be.


  1. Chris

    My Dad worked for Mattel growing up and one day brought home the Intellivision. I thought for sure that that this was going to really make me cool with the pals in the neighborhood. Didn’t work out that way. Disappointment again..