‘This is a love story,’ Michael Deane says.
But really, what isn’t? Doesn’t the detective love the mystery, or the chase, of the nosy female reporter, who is even now being held against her wishes at an empty warehouse on the waterfont? Surely the serial murderer loves his victims, and the spy loves his gadgets or his country or the exotic counterspy. The ice trucker is torn between his love for ice and truck, and the competing chefs go crazy for scallops, and the pawnshop guys adore their junk, just as the Housewives live for catching glimpses of their own Botoxed brows in gilded hall mirrors… and because this is reality, they are all in love - madly, truly - with the body mic clipped to their back buckle, and the producer casually suggesting just one more angle, one more Jell-O shot. and the robot loves his master, alien loves his saucer, Superman loves Lois, Lex, and Lana, Luke loves Leia (till he finds out she’s his sister), and the exorcist loves the demon even as he leaps out the window with it, in full soulful embrace, as Leo loves Kate and they both love the sinking ship, and the shark - God, the shark loves to eat, which is what the mafioso loves, too - eating and money and Paulie - the way a cowboy loves his horse, loves the corseted girl behind the piano bar, and sometimes loves the other cowboy, as the vampire loves the night and neck, and the zombie - don’t even start with the zombie, sentimental fool; has anyone ever been more lovesick than a zombie, that pale, dull metaphor for love, all animal craving and lurching, outstretched arms, his very existence a sonnet about how much he wants those brains? This, too, is a love story.
— All I can say is READ it. JUST read it. Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter.
The good times are over.