Publication Year: 2006
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: Drue Heinz Literature Prize
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Chapter 1 Columbine: The Musical
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On Wednesday morning, between math and PE, I learned that Robbie Fenstermaker, who was set to play Dylan Klebold in our school’s production of Columbine: The Musical, had wrecked a driver’s training car and fractured his collarbone...
Chapter 2 Wrestling Al Gore
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We had seen him as The Assassin, The Mongrel, and Diamond Eyes Malone, yet only when he became Al Gore did we notice the prophetic nervousness that shook his thin, freckled body. He appeared in a brilliant hoop of light, dressed...
Chapter 3 Arise and Walk, Christopher Reeve
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I first heard the news from William, gardener for the Reeve family, as we sat on my back porch drinking port wine from the small glasses my wife Edna liked to save for orange juice. William was a tall, thin man, his hair as black as mine...
Chapter 4 Newsworld
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Every time I saw Thom Jenks, fellow employee at Newsworld, my heart flapped around in my chest like a fish. I forgot to breathe he looked so good—tall and casual, hair so thick women would come up to him and say, “I’d kill to have...
Chapter 5 Studio Sense
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Early on I recognized my gift. In T-ball, the other children suggested I play shortstop, even though I had a slow arm and weak eyes. In both third and fourth grade, each candidate for class president asked me to be his running mate. For three...
Chapter 6 Day of the Dead
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I suppose I should start with Mary. Mary Collier, who worked in the college bookstore. Mary with the lovely brown eyes. I met her the year after my parents died. I was twenty-eight and living under the belief that I was about to turn...
Chapter 7 The Real World
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For a couple of weeks we had peace, more peace than you’d expect here at The Real Worl house, New Orleans. The reason for this peace was that my boyfriend found out his mother had breast cancer, a small lump under her left armpit. Malignant,...
Chapter 8 The Yoshi Compound: A Story of Post-Waco Texas
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For weeks we’d been waiting for the ATF to arrive. Like most religious compounds in the Texas/Oklahoma area, we were hoping for a sizable show of force, two dozen federal agents done up in Kevlar/Spectra vests followed by media crews from all the networks, Fox in particular. But like every morning, as I drove...
Chapter 9 Sirens
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Still I think about her. Jackie Stevens, a fellow grad student. Jackie, with shoulder-length rust hair, high cheekbones, and large eyes that gave the impression she was slightly disappointed in the world no matter how good things got. She was...
Chapter 10 Newsworld II
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We watched it in Social Studies, then in World History. That Friday, September 14, we saw it again in a class called Life Studies. When the jet slammed into the north tower, Mr. Stolz, our teacher, squeezed the bridge of his nose pensively just...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2006
Series Title: Drue Heinz Literature Prize