Ian Mearns

How long can you be expected to be brave, after months and months of near misses? When do you give up and lose the capacity to worry about death? For Ian Mearns, it took 17 years in an abusive household and four years in the Marines to surrender to the inevitability of a violent death. Eventually he came to believe that a bomb or a bullet either had your name on it or it didn’t. From there his obsession revolved around why none of them ever read “Ian Mearns.”

Anthony Russo