When I was a kid, my brother Chris described infinity to me. I imagined an endless solitary ride lassoed to a force with no destination, hurtling through deep space. The cold gasp of infinity winnowed into my consciousness, never to be unremembered.

Fifty something years later, Chris passed in the small hours of Thanksgiving as I slept nearby. Like an inky miracle, a blank momentum seeped forth and his being was reversed. A chemical transaction occurred that rendered him void.

As the last person to see him alive, I become consumed with bleak wonder. Time ripped so quietly as death…

Kaethe Cherney

Author of ’Happy as Larry: A New York Story of Cults, Crushes and Quaaludes’, which has been optioned for a TV adaptation. @happyaslarrynyc

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