My Desk c.1981
That year I was living in a haunted house in West Austin. I had a Smith-Corona typewriter—covered here, so maybe I wasn't writing so much at this time. The Smith Corona used a ribbon cartridge, and I see one of those on the desk. Beer bottles there, too—two Michelobes, a Coors, and two Miller High Lifes. (This was a bad time for beer in America, and I certainly drank a variety of bad beers). There’s some spray cleaner—Formula 409—along with what I think is a can of Lysol spray. Maybe a can of Love My Carpet, to cover the occasional Rugay pee. Paper towels, books (one I think might be a bible!), notebooks. There’s an empty milk bottle I used for a coin bank (the bank bottle lasted until I was living at Heathercrest and came home wildly drunk from a wedding where we were trying to imitate the vodka drinking scene from War & Peace and it somehow ended up smashed). The Johnny Walker Red was a gift from the late Mike Westlund, who at that time wasn't late.
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Lowell Mick White
Author of the novels Normal School and Burnt House and Professed and That Demon Life and the story collections Long Time Ago Good and The Messes We Make of Our Lives.