Winter 2023 - Lament for the Video Store


One of the first things I remember renting – it came from a small shop in a strip mall round the corner from my girlfriend’s – was Being There. And I remember that moment of expectancy – arriving home with it, the tape going into the machine, the movie starting – the quietness of those early scenes, that delightful feeling of uncertainty. What window are we looking through? What world will we be shown?


Joe Davies’ writing has appeared in the Missouri Review, eFiction India, the New Quarterly, PRISM International, the Rappahannock Review, Grain, the Dublin Review, and now and again in Queen’s Quarterly. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

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