Human is down twelve points this afternoon.Chicken showing strong third-quarter profits.Marijuana returning consistent, though modest, dividends.Influenza holding at eighty-six and a quarter.But the big news is Pete Peterson, whose IPOon Wednesday more than tripled in value,giving the young start-up enough capitalto have a real shot at revolutionizing the industry.This morning, however, on rumors of his impending breakupwith sweetheart Jenny Jensen, PP dropped thirty-eight pointsin as many minutes—and when a run starts …Well, analysts are saying this may have market-widerepercussions, that it may signal the beginningof another global recession. Will investors never learnthe dangers of relying on everyman futures?When asked for comment, Pete Petersonbecame rather lyrical, saying, quote, “Wax wings,Jenny. I wanted to fly for the both of us,but I’m through with radical ideas. For the restof my time on this earth, if you’ll have me,I’ll be a simple man, with simple ambitions.I’ll look at the sun and be content to look.” [End Page 437]
christopher robinson’s debut novel, War of the Encyclopaedists, coauthored with Gavin Kovite, will be published by Scribner in 2015. His work has appeared in The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Kenyon Review. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.