I see a child’s self-portrait, with depictions of twelve year old boy thoughts in the background. There’s the obligatory Star Wars character, complete with lightsaber. But lurking in the frame are darker images: a guillotine, and an assassination, the bullet’s path passing through the target’s head — and the boy’s, as well.
Initially, I am shocked, disturbed. Thoughts of Columbine and Virginia Tech leap to mind.
Then I think back thirty years to my TRS-80 computer, and my animation of a guillotine in action, part of an assignment for A Tale of Two Cities.
Is my concern groundless, or valid?