The Death Bird,” an excerpt from Kino, appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), alongside authors such as George Saunders, Marcy Dermansky, Angela Ball, Meg Pokrass, and Bobbie Ann Mason.

We arrived at Ufa-Palast am Zoo in a dreamy state to see Murnau’s vam­pire movie. How can I describe it to some­one whose eyes have been sul­lied by decades of triv­ial images danc­ing by on TV screens? You’ll never under­stand the rap­ture, the hor­ror, the euphoric bliss I felt at the sheer visual sur­prise. With each pass­ing moment, with every new shot on the screen, waves of plea­sure rolled through me.

Read “The Death Bird.”