an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas
Zombie Jesus was inspired by a conversation I had with my son Dylan after we drove past a group of door to door evangelists and laughed about the absurd way we sometimes run and hide from them, as if they were zombies. After all, we all have different ways if expressing love. What are we afraid of? Hyde Park was the perfect setting for this story because it is a neighborhood that both extols the liberal ideal of diversity and is in equal measure gleefully judgmental toward the “other.” I lived in and loved Hyde Park for a decade and ZJ is in some ways my farewell love letter to a beautiful and sometimes confounding place.
Carla Siegle is a semi-retired economist, writer and film maker. She lives with a menagerie of human children and adults, chickens, cats and dogs on a small farm in the Texas hill country. Contrary to popular belief, she does sometimes watch tv and eat sweets.