Genius in a Bottle
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Genius in a Bottle

The Gunfighter’s Child

The bullet went precisely into the ear canal of his mother’s lover

Photo by Louis Mornaud on Unsplash

When he was five years old, Memphis shot his mother’s lover in the left ear. He’d assumed she was being hurt when he heard her cry out.

His father wasn’t home, so he took it onto himself to defend her. He had watched his father breaking down the pistol, cleaning and oiling it, putting it…




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Writing is for me is playing the a piano keyboard. I like the music of the words. I have been a professional magazine writer and newspaper editor.

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