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Accelerated Paces. Travels Across Borders and Other by Jim Oaten

By Jim Oaten

Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling earlier God and site visitors in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping round the edges of Alzheime's affliction, the Gulf conflict, and the eternity of CNN.

Set someplace among right here and the heat-death of the universe, Jim Oaten's debut assortment serves up random samples of literal and literary fact scooped up at most sensible pace. no matter if peeking out from the backseat of mother and Dad's motor vehicle or surveying the dirty wings of psychological wards, Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain among inventive truth and sincere fiction. those brief tales and items forget about borders as they jaunt thorough exterior journeys and inner voyages.

This is either inventive non-fiction and artistic fiction, which follows the belief of crossing obstacles and blurring borders. This assortment is an particular demonstration of ways the 2 genres interaction, of the way a non-fiction occasion can encourage a fictional piece, and, curiously adequate, the opposite as well.

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Okay, I’ll be waiting for you. ” Laura and I head to some seats in silence. Blessedly, the film, some Schwarzenegger kill-fest, starts up just as we sit, and conversation becomes, not impossible, but at least avoidable for the time being, giving me time to think of what to say as the body count begins. I debate strategies for about a half an hour, but the weight of unasked questions is just too much for me to be imaginative and I decide to try and go with honesty. I lean toward her ear. ” “I don’t see what we have to talk about.

It’s an illness. ” “You’re not crazy, and you’re not retarded. You’re sick. You have a chemical imbalance. ” “But why can’t I think? ” “It’s part of the same thing. Your concentration is slow. And you can think. ” I look up at the painting on the wall opposite me. A woman in a ditch. Nice dress. “The drowning of Ophelia. ” “Very good. ” The doctor made a note in his pad and looked back up at me. “I’m going to ask you a question,” he said, “and I want you to be very honest with me. ” STANFORD NORTH DAY CENTRE Daily Schedule 9:00 Roll Call, Duty Assignment and Affirmations 9:30 Psycho-Drama and Social Interaction Skills 10:30 Free Time and Coffee 11:00 Art and Craft Therapy 12:00 LUNCH 1:00 Self-Assertion Techniques and Disorder Information Sessions 2:30 Free Time and Coffee 3:00 Badminton!

And it is then that I tell my mother that I am not so far from her. That I have an inkling of what it’s like to be behind her eyes; to be caught in a world of shadow; to be held in a half-lit cavern staring out at the dim horizon of an unfamiliar sea. Neither Here nor There I’ve only been mugged once. An interesting experience that ended up with the both of us too exhausted to do anything more than treat the other as a human being. He got my leather coat, and I got my credit cards returned with a hug of approval.

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