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Bird-Self Accumulated

Don Judson

Publication Year: 1996

"When BooBoo stabs Morris Boyle I am reading a news magazine that someone has smuggled into the wing."

Thus, the protagonist of this novella introduces us to prison, one of the several worlds he inhabits, worlds most of us would rather ignore but which inexorably, through what we see and hear and read and live on uncountable American streets, has become the one world we can no longer avoid. It seduces us with the voice of drugs and violence. Of the disenfranchised. Of those both at once outside and standing within the center of what no longer holds. It informs us of who we are today.

Published by: NYU Press

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. ix-

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-

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Thanksgiving, 1979

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pp. 1-9

I had decided to borrow someone's car for a drive down by the water. The place where I worked at the time - it was a hospital for emotionally damaged children - couldn't have been more than a couple of miles...

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Y-City

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pp. 11-22

Cheech suggested we burgle a house...

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In Security Lockdown: Prison, 1981

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pp. 23-51

When Boo-Boo stabs Morris Boyle I am reading a news magazine that someone has smuggled onto the wing. It is an article about a dog who uncovers a grave of several small bones wrapped carefully in bits of waxed paper...

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Proposition

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pp. 53-69

I was standing around in front of a job I'd just been fired from when two friends of mine came along. They were in a brand new car...

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Comerford

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pp. 71-103

Comerford is living in a hole he's dug in the strip of woods which runs behind Tucker's Pond. That's what Rat says. We are out in front of the drugstore, speeding still from that afternoon...

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Part II

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pp. 105-179

What Holgate remembers: Across Avenue B a guy stepping from an illegally parked Cadillac and beginning to walk toward him and BabyBoy...


E-ISBN-13: 9780814743980
E-ISBN-10: 0814743986
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814742297
Print-ISBN-10: 0814742297

Page Count: 191
Publication Year: 1996