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LOOKING AT A VAST AND DESOLATE LANDSCAPE

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THE EYE SEARCHES AND FINDS ONLY ICY DOOM

Ice tip-taps against the window like the sound of ghostly fingers typing. The world grows quiet. Words die in the throat before one can say them. Winter's best and purest anger deadens the landscape. Highways stand empty. A city enters suspended animation. Life comes to a silent halt, punctuated only by the sounds of sirens rushing to quiet disasters.

The eye scans the horizon for any sign of life.

UConn announced Tuesday that it has solidified a home-and-home football series with Big Ten member Illinois for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

There is none. The sleet taps at the window. Wind wiggles the top of the trees, the hair and nails growing on the corpse of the city.