July 30, 2008
The Night They Clubbed the Deer
I’m not sure why this Texas Monthly story is so unsettling. The story itself is simple — four high-school football stars, out goofing off one Friday night, capture and brutally slaughter two deer.
The characters are (for the most part) sympathetic, and aside from a possibly-superfluous Lord of the Flies reference, the author doesn’t really stoke the drama at all. It might be the notion that four decent kids can do some completely inexplicable, violent thing, just out-of-the-blue. Or it might be the sensation of looking in on a place usually so far removed from the gaze of the world.