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Spencer Darr SPENCER DARR is a non-fiction writer, travel blogger, and photographer of people and places with a Texas connection. His work has appeared in Atlas Obscura and on his blog whyareyallhere.com. He experimented with writing fiction until he sobered up, started reading the news, and realized all of his publications appeared in now defunct publications such as AlienSkin Magazine and theEEEL (a project of tNY Press). He currently lives in Round Rock, TX, and lived the longest in Pecan Hill, TX. He has a B.A. in English from Southwestern University, an M.A. in Technical Communication from Texas State University, and no degree after dropping out of Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.

Recent Work By Spencer Darr

In Memory of Scott Von Lanken
Joshua Cummings, 2017
Joshua Cummings, 2017

 

1. Do nothing after you find out from a mutual friend via Facebook messenger that your once-best friend, Joshua Cummings, just allegedly shot and killed a Denver RTD security officer at point-blank range, then wonder why feelings about this person you haven’t spoken with in five years and haven’t heard from in two are creeping through you;

2. Say I told you so to no one about the worrisome content of his social media accounts now plastered on multiple news sites, content you actually viewed a few years ago when, via Facebook, he reached out to your wife who he used to run cross country with in college, and also say I told you so to yourself as confirmation that you made the right decision back then not to get back in touch with him;

3. Say nothing as you watch your old college classmates and fraternity brothers talk on Facebook about how wonderful he was or how fucked up he was, how shocked and/or unsurprised they are/are not;

4. Write a long response about why everyone is right and why everyone is wrong about your friend and what he did or did not do and that if we really saw it coming, then why didn’t we say something, but never hit send;