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 illness, the Gulf struggle, 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 best velocity. 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 artistic truth and sincere fiction. those brief tales and items forget about borders as they jaunt thorough exterior journeys and inner voyages.
This is either artistic non-fiction and artistic fiction, which follows the belief of crossing barriers and blurring borders. This assortment is an particular demonstration of ways the 2 genres interaction, of ways a non-fiction occasion can encourage a fictional piece, and, apparently adequate, the opposite as well.
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Obviously nobody of any serious import could have possibly come from a town where people attempted to have fun. He brightened up, though, at the news of our mutual nicotine addiction, gratified we were upholding the Gaelic tradition of shared suffering. After that, there wasn’t much talk from him. Mostly muttered grumbles about no-smoking policies and requests for more beer from the frozen-grin stewardesses who hovered around our section of the plane. His acrobatics had caught their attention pretty quickly, and they were determined to keep him as placated as possible, stretching out liquor deliveries as long as they could without pissing him off, whispering apologies in his frequent absences.
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.
He tries to throw a punch. ” CLUNK. ” CLUNK. ” A quick emotional-state survey. “I feel that you felt annoyed when your girlfriend stuck her tongue down my throat. ” He spits out some blood. ” “That wasn’t the question …” I begin, but rough hands grab my shoulders and pull me away from him. ” I can see the exit sign rapidly approaching and I try to establish an interpersonal connection one final time as I’m dragged though a sea of half-amused faces. ” The door slams shut behind me. ” the doctor asks.
Accelerated Paces. Travels Across Borders and Other Imaginary Boundaries by Jim Oaten