Hey all.


I need a literary opinion or two.  Read the short below (it’s very short) and tell me which of the two quotes you’d rather see at the top (or no quote).  One is Shakespeare and the other is The Smashing Pumpkins.  Keep in mind that this is part of a book that mixes culture and pop culture references with little care, so I’ve had both types of quotes before and after this chapter – thus I don’t need the choice doesn’t need to be based either on my looking for literary merit (the Shakespeare quote) or fresh, youthful lyrics (the pumpkins) as I have both in other portions of the book.  Choose strictly on content (or vote for no quote…sometimes they gum up the works).


Interlude:  Picture Game


“Good wombs have borne bad sons.”

-Shakespeare, The Tempest, I.ii 119


“The killer in me is the killer in you.”

-The Smashing Pumpkins, “Disarm”



“Pick out the serial killer,” said the FBI Profiling Professor.  “Which of these things doesn’t belong here?”


Eager students examined the old, black and white photograph with the pensive, intense looks they thought suitable for a master investigator.


Three children from years ago:  a boy, a girl, an infant.








They examined the toys, the expressions, the close, looking for the shadow threads that connected the puzzle in grotesque lines and clinical symmetry.


Which one of these children grew up to be a killer?”








“I . . . I can’t tell,” said a student, breaking under the teacher’s weighty gaze.


“That’s right, you can’t tell.”