Jack Boulware and his brother never got along all that well. His older sibling engaged in a “small and consistent campaign of cruelty” against him, one that involved not just the malicious comments at dinner or the usual petty brotherly violence, but also calf testicles, thrown at high speeds, toward Jack’s head. Shockingly, they didn’t spend much time together after they moved out.
Years later, Jack’s brother got cancer. The doctors were not optimistic. And it was then that Jack spent eight days at the Mayo Clinic with the retired B-52 pilot who’d tortured him growing up, learning what brotherly love really is.
Jack Boulware is the executive director and co-founder of Litquake, San Francisco’s premier literary festival. He is the author of several books, including “Gimme Something Better,” an oral history of the Bay Area punk scene. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and Playboy magazine.