original art by andy rofles paired with the short story it inspired by laura mcphee-browne
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McPhee-Browne's full text:
"I’ll only stay if they get rid of the gorilla, I tell them, if they pick it up and put it out in the hallway or throw it out the window or stab it until it isn’t a gorilla anymore with the biggest thickest kitchen knife.
They tell me to bugger off and then they agree, and Fat isn’t as stoned as the rest of us so he presses pause with his stupid thin thumb and gets up, slow like fuck you, and picks up the gorilla and throws it out the window which is open and I haven’t even realized and there’s no shout from below like, you hit me with a gorilla, so I just pack the bong again and feel like I can breathe.
It isn’t just the gorilla though, ‘cause now the guy on the telly is yelling louder than normal and before I pass to Mitty I rip one and the guy screams out hit him or he’ll hit you so I swing and Mitty grabs my hands as the smoke fills my head with an oil spill.
I let him shove me down into the couch folds and I just lie there with the comfort of the cushion on my ear. Later when they order pizza, I ask for a box of spicy chicken wings with buffalo piss sauce and imagine them as birds as I eat them, until I can’t lick my shiny fingers at the end.