Volume 3 Issue 1: The 1950s

Rebel In Color

Yash Seyedbagheri

Mother hates Rebel Without A Cause.
“What’s wrong with black and white?” she asks. “Black and white’s pleasant. You and your colors. They’re too blinding.”
I love that movie, though. It’s so real, especially feuding and withdrawn parents. James Dean gets it.
“James Dean doesn’t work in black and white. Color has authority.”
To Mother, if you love, everything goes away, namely fear of adulthood and bullies. I have the scowls and scrapes to prove otherwise.
How do you convey expectations and flying fists in black and white? Toughen up, you’re weak. Artistic.
It’s easy to cry in color. Too easy.


Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. Yash’s work is forthcoming or has been published in WestWard Quarterly, CaféLit, 50 Word Stories, (mac)ro (mic), and Ariel Chart. 

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