Brain Bank

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“Brain bank’s freezer failure could slow autism research.” (New York Times, June 13, 2012)

–Getting kinda hot in here. Hot. Getting hot.

From the neighboring Tupperware carton:– Mmmmmm. Mmmmmmm. Mmmmmmm.

–Yeah, I said I’m hot. Hot.

Thumping from yet a third Tupperware carton.

–Mmmm. Mmmm. He doesn’t talk, just bats against the sides of his box. Don’t like him. Hate him. Hate him. Never talks.

–Hot in here. I’m liquefying. Melting down. Getting soft. Twelve million cells in the Frontal Lobe. Eight million cells in the Cerebellum. Three million cells in the Pons. Six point two five million cells in the Medulla Oblongata.

–Someone shut him up. Shut up. Shut up.

–Occipital Lobe, ten million. Parietal lobe, fifteen million.

From a Tupperware carton across the vault:–I talk. I talk in sentences. I’m high-functioning.

–I hate you, too. I hate the head-banger and I hate you, too.

–The reason it’s hot in here is the freezer motor’s gone off. It was set at eight below zero. Fahrenheit. But I can tell it’s off. You don’t hear it. And it’s getting hot in here. Minus eight Fahrenheit in Celsius is minus twenty-two and two-two-two-two-two-two-two-two-.

–I thought you were high-functioning. But you’re not. You’re a liar. Everyone’s a liar. That’s the trouble. All the time. Everyone lies.