In the legend, homeless camps are erected under billboards extolling life at conception

a man opens fire on a politicized pulpit, the pastor maskless and undefended

the charter school principal blinks, astonished and vapid, at the question: how many students receive free lunch?

No such thing as free lunch, he says.

He would know.

The bars are crammed on Sunday afternoons, tipless patrons throw darts in the dark, take shots of hypocrisy disguised as Jagermeister