American Lonesome: The Ballad of Jared Loughner, by the Associated Press

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Jan. 13 2011 12:01 PM

American Lonesome: The Ballad of Jared Loughner, by the Associated Press

Who was that in the

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behind the first wave of Arizona shooting coverage, trying to do back flips on a cheery-colored boogie board? Why, it was the

, the Wire Service That Zigs™! No more for the AP the drudgery of writing the first draft of news, for others to write into the first draft of history. Your 21st-century wire service has moved on to writing the first draft of sociology:


Before everything fell apart, he went through the motions as many young men do nowadays: Living at home with his parents, working low-wage jobs at big brand stores and volunteering time doing things he liked.

Jared Loughner: typical young American, going through the motions. But how did he

feel

? How about a first draft of biography?


Even when Loughner tried to do good, it didn't work out.

And finally, the first draft of poetry:


Loughner grew up on an unremarkable Tucson block of low-slung homes with palm trees and cactus gardens out front. Fittingly, it's called Soledad Avenue - Spanish for solitude.

Solitude found Loughner, even when he tried to escape it.

Heavy stuff, Associated Press. Heavy.

found him. Or—did it...

leave him alone

?



Tom Scocca is the managing editor of Deadspin and the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future.

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