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.

2 comments

  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..