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Ugly Days

J.P. Williams
1 min readAug 17, 2023
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Each July, the cicadas in Japan deposit their skins on trees and begin raising a racket. The imago is about the size of an adult human thumb, with a bulky, hunched thorax, segmented abdomen and large, membranous wings. The head has a mess of parts such as antennae, ocelli, rostrum and postclypeus, the most noticeable of which are red, wide-set compound eyes that seem to follow you wherever you go. Essentially, they’re fat, flying roaches. This makes them particularly alarming when, about this time of year, they get delirious, dive-bomb shrieking passersby, and abruptly die. Imagine having only weeks to live and spending every one of them that ugly.

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J.P. Williams

I write about the intersection of arts and ideas. Maybe some short book reviews for a while.