Cover Photo: illustration of a front porch in the evening, with three different generations represented by a chair, a rocking chair, and toys scattered on the porch, with windchimes in the foreground and a school building visible in the distance
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

When your friend tells you: “these kids

at night, when i’m outside and / the wind shakes the chimes, it sounds like the bell

When your friend tells you: “these kids

time’s weight sneaks up on you;
your kneecap shakes and you wonder if

it sounds like the bell&

Adam Harris is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author ofThe State Must Provide.