I met Slacks at film school. He was a visiting professor from Hamburg…


I met Slacks at film school. He was a visiting professor from Hamburg who hung around the halls smoking his pipe and talking theory to the girls. After lectures, he’d sunbathe shirtless in the quad while reviewing student scripts; a red pencil in one hand, the other rubbing his polyester slacks. I have no empathy for character, he’d tell us students, running his hands through his wiry, red hair, sentiment’s lost on me. I had a bit part in one his films, Stages, he called it and I played “Adolescence”. I lay on a Chenille bedspread swearing at a haggard mother character chain-smoking in the corner. When he read my poetry, he said girls my age shouldn’t write about lust: It’s just ugly love rustling on the bottom, Liebesgetränk, he called it, love poison. After that he proposed a drive and we went to Twin Peaks in his old Pacer and he kissed my knees in the fog.

Breaking Point:  His wife in Hamburg and his increasingly dull films.

STORIES: Shelagh Power Chopra’s work appears in FRIGG, failbetter, The Good Men Project, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. She runs the website, a fictitious account of a relationship gone wrong. She lives on Cape Cod and is working on a novel. DRAWINGS: Kara Jansson's iPhone & iPad drawings have been published in online publications including The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, WNYC, The Outlet and Used Furniture Review. Her work was recently included in the exhibition "Stylectrical" at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg. She is a founding board member of the International Association of Mobile Digital Artists and Co-Director of the art collective, Coalfather Industries. More from this author →