The Death of a Goat
“My brother was killed like a goat,” Boi said, leaning up against the crumbling concrete wall of the old campsite.
“What?” I said.
“That’s why I didn’t watch when they killed the goat today. My brother was killed like a goat.”
“That’s awful, Boi. I’m so sorry.”
I leaned against the wall next to him, my mind racing with doubts—about if I could begin to understand his situation, if I could appropriately respond, and then, just as quickly, if Boi was telling the truth, if his brother really was beheaded with a knife.
I had not noticed that Boi hadn’t watched the slaughter of the goat with the rest of us that day. Yet he felt as if he should explain himself, as if the absence of his presence was abnormal and required justification.
“Did you watch?” He asked me inquisitively, but with no judgment behind the question.
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I’ve had amazing experiences this past year working for all the incredibly talented people at Boston Magazine in various capacities, from writer to research editor for the Home and Weddings Magazine, to researcher and contributing editor for the March 2013 issue. I’ve had a particularly great relationship with the Home magazine, edited by Rachel Slade. (You can take a look at this issue and past issues at http://www.bostonmagazine.com/home-design/) and read my articles under my Clips page.
I’ve learned a lot from magazine publishing, and with the summer Boston Home issue on its way, I wanted to post my gratitude for being a featured contributor in the spring 2013 issue, alongside many talented writers and photographers. Boston Home is an absolutely top-notch publication, and it was gratifying to participate in putting together an issue dedicated to some of the best art, architecture, and design this area and the nation has to offer.