“The sounds returned. A flock of ravens circled over my head. One of them landed nearby on broad rustling wings. It approached my head slowly while the others began to alight. In terror I watched their shining black-feathered tails and darting eyes. They stalked around me, nearer and nearer, flicking their heads toward me, uncertain whether I was dead or alive.”
— FROM “THE PAINTED BIRD,” BY JERZY KOSINSKI
Lou Beach is an illustrator and artist who lives in Los Angeles and is a longtime contributor to The New York Times.
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