The Parachutist

The Parachutist


I was smoking a cigarette in the backyard after a
long day at work, when a man in a parachute

fell from the sky, right into the lilac bushes. I
tossed the cigarette and ran up to him. “Are you
okay?” I said. “I’m fine, just happy to get away
from the enemy,” he said. “The enemy? What
enemy?” I said. “The enemy otherwise known as
the mundane,” he said. “That’s peculiar,” I said.
“Be that as it may, the mundane has waged
merciless war on me and millions of my fellow
Americans for years,” he said. “Would you like
some water or lemonade? You’ve been through a
lot,” I said. “No, but do you happen to have a
helicopter? I’d like to make another jump,” he said.
“Another random jump to nowhere? What good
will that do?” I said. “It will do a lot of good. So
much good, that I will no longer feel absolute
pain,” he said. “Surely there are other ways to deal
with pain,” I said. “Do you have some whiskey and
cola?” the man said. “I’ve got a bottle or
two,” I said. “New plan,” he said, “we drink the
whiskey and cola and play darts on that maple
tree.” “Great idea!” I said, rushing for the drinks. I
was beginning to understand his war against
the mundane.

Thank you for reading The Nation

We hope you enjoyed the story you just read, just one of the many incisive, deeply-reported articles we publish daily. Now more than ever, we need fearless journalism that shifts the needle on important issues, uncovers malfeasance and corruption, and uplifts voices and perspectives that often go unheard in mainstream media.

Throughout this critical election year and a time of media austerity and renewed campus activism and rising labor organizing, independent journalism that gets to the heart of the matter is more critical than ever before. Donate right now and help us hold the powerful accountable, shine a light on issues that would otherwise be swept under the rug, and build a more just and equitable future.

For nearly 160 years, The Nation has stood for truth, justice, and moral clarity. As a reader-supported publication, we are not beholden to the whims of advertisers or a corporate owner. But it does take financial resources to report on stories that may take weeks or months to properly investigate, thoroughly edit and fact-check articles, and get our stories into the hands of readers.

Donate today and stand with us for a better future. Thank you for being a supporter of independent journalism.