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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Vermont Journal: Going Through the Roof
watercolor by Hallie Cohen
Going through the roof is an expression that indicates
someone has lost their temper. When someone goes through the roof it’s often a
sign that they’ve received some news that they didn’t enjoy hearing. For
instance, you might go through the roof if the roof job you'd commissioned turned
out to be faulty and there were leaks which ruined the freshly stained and
polyurethaned floors of your converted barn. In fact when you travel through horse
country, like the lush fenced in fields in an area like Woodstock, Vermont,
which boasts the famous Billings Farm, you see many barns with roofs which have
been punctuated by ancient vents which could be mistaken for weathervanes. In
the middle of the current heat wave, you are easily able to see the virtues of going the through roof as long as it's a thing rather than a person. Most of the barns
you view are comprised of these unique contraptions which also convey an
extraterrestrial aspect, as if while allowing in fresh air they might also be
signaling something to creatures from outer space. Sometimes a simple appurtenance
can turn out to have an unanticipated meaning and you never know in our
world of Edward Snowden and government spying if an innocent looking device
were really collecting data, about the horses in the barn and who or who isn’t
going to hit the roofwhen they find out
that that their privacy can even be compromised in even the most backwoods environment.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.