Monkey Trap

“…take a hollow gourd or coconut and drill a small hole in it. Size matters. The hole should be just barely big enough for a monkey to get a hand inside. Place a treat—bananas, rice, etc.—in the gourd and tie it to a tree. Then wait.

Eventually a hungry monkey will come by, stick in their hand, grab the food, and become trapped. The monkey’s hand fits through the hole, but his fist doesn’t fit back out. They will scream and struggle, clinging tightly to their reward, until someone comes to collect them. The irony, of course, is that the monkey could have escaped at any time. All they had to do was let go.”

—Frank Chimero, “Monkey Trap.” September 19, 2019.

Love Frank Chimero. See also: “Fuck you, pay me,” “A Modest Guide to Productivity,” and the books and music he’s been reading and listening to.