By Jim Oaten
Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling previous God and site visitors in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping round the edges of Alzheime's sickness, the Gulf battle, and the eternity of CNN.
Set someplace among the following 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 velocity. even if peeking out from the backseat of mother and Dad's automobile 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 inventive 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 motivate a fictional piece, and, curiously sufficient, the opposite as well.
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The memories are there, but faded, tinged with nostalgia’s dim glow and the flat reminder of photo albums. They’ve become suspect, tainted by time, uncertainty, and the anecdotes of others. They’re there, but less so. She’s less present. Less reliable. More and more like something I just made up. We’ll Always Have Hiroshima Gina saw everything through the end of the world. An apocalyptic tickertape ran just underneath the surface of her eyes, turning everything outside into an endless Nagasaki.
I peed. Lots of times. —No, pee here, not on plane. Pee first to get stamp. —Oh, pay! Pay for the visa stamp. Ha! Do I pay you? —No. Pee other line. There you are with no wits about you when you need them most, and only yourself to blame, and yet in the back of your head you still think you’ve done the right thing because you’ve taken the only rational path and self-medicated to escape the nightmare at 35,000 feet that brought to you to this surreal crossroad in the first place. In its soul-destroying arc between fear, boredom, and then more fear, flying mimics the psychological continuum of long-standing conflict, only you have the privilege of paying for the pain.
And there is, on the descent, a kind of panicked fascination as you keep plummeting past what you thought was ground zero. Eventually, the fascination ends and you find yourself … somewhere … down too deep, drowning in an ocean no one else can see. ” I am a cat. And I will remain a cat until I can make someone laugh. Then they will become a cat and I’ll be allowed to get off my hands and knees, sit back on my chair and rejoin my own species. Stuff like this happens a lot in our social interaction sessions.
Accelerated Paces. Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries by Jim Oaten