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Trickle-Down Timeline

Cris Mazza

Publication Year: 2009

In the era just before computers, at the dawn of “safe sex,” for a sub-generation of people who came of age without a war in Vietnam to unite them, the stories in Trickle-Down Timeline are glimpses into individual lives subtly influenced by the political and social milieu of the 1980s. For some people, the surplus and glut of the 80’s were part of some other world, not theirs; and it couldn’t be a “me-generation” if they didn’t know who they were or where they were going. They were often just finding out what they were going to want; or they were, in starting out, already where they were going to end up.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xii

By now, nostalgia for the 1980s is an established sphere dedicated mostly to reminiscence about music, movies, TV shows, fads and styles of the decade, geared toward those who were in junior high or high school during the ’80s. What this kind of nostalgia seems to say is that to these “children of the ’80s” ...

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Trickle-Down Timeline

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pp. 3-16

Pac-Man became the first computer game hero. He was originally supposed to be Puck-Man (he was, after all, shaped like a hockey puck), but with the threat that rampaging youth might scratch out the loop of the P to form an F on arcade machines, Pac-Man was born, a name with literally no meaning. ...

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pp. 17-18

If I was ever going to see him again, of course it would be in San Francisco. We’d been in San Francisco together once another time, at the onset of the ’80s, on a chartered bus with an amateur chorus, and he’d said, “When you leave home like this, all you have to do is go 100 miles up the freeway and your life doesn’t seem real anymore, ...

Section 1. 1980

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pp. 19-20

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What Satisfies People

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pp. 21-28

She was standing there with a suitcase in front of the television’s cracked-open screen. It was a small suitcase. He didn’t get up. He was reading a textbook from a business law class he’d taken in college, a tough course that had forced him to work harder than he ever had before. Mona and he had studied together. ...

Section 2. 1981

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pp. 29-30

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Disguised as Suicide

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pp. 31-42

Just before Jan won the title of Miss Sand Valley, California, her agent— who’d driven 200 miles to Sand Valley the day before the contest and signed her on after the preliminaries—whispered in her ear, Tell them you want to be a doctor, that always knocks their eyes out. ...

Seciton 3. 1982

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pp. 43-44

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The Three Screwdrivers

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pp. 45-58

She looks out the bathroom door at him, then goes back to the mirror. He doesn’t look very much like he did five years ago when he was seventeen and they lived in the same neighborhood and walked to school together. She remembers being sad a lot in high school and he would try to joke her out of it. ...

Seciton 4. 1983

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pp. 59-60

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Another Honeymoon Over

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pp. 61-70

They’re crossing the desert in late summer. Ranching towns at the foothills of the mountains are spaced almost exactly fifty miles apart. The sidewalks seem full of people. Ranchers come into town on Friday night and vacationers stop here before going on to the high Sierra for camping, fishing, cliff climbing, sometimes death—not too often. ...

Section 5. 1984

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pp. 71-72

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Each Other’s History

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pp. 73-92

The summer Olympics dominated her dad’s black-and-white TV for two weeks the beginning of the election season. She has a vague but persistent memory of the phrase “running for president” in a newsanchor voice-over, while the distorted B&W screen showed an Olympic track. ...

Seciton 6. 1985

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pp. 93-94

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What If

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pp. 95-112

The neighborhood was called Normal Heights. It had once been the location of the old normal school, and it sat on a plateau above the county’s major river valley, thus normal-plus-heights. No one thought the neighborhood’s name was odd, although few, if anyone, knew that normal schools had been started by the French ...

Seciton 7. 1986

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pp. 113-114

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Change the World

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pp. 115-130

It was around then Home Depot opened less than a mile away. It was the first one Marcy had seen. Someday it would be torn down because it was too small. But back then, it was the most enormous hardware store anyone had ever imagined. Bigger than Handyman, than Builder’s Emporium, than Dixieline Lumber. ...

Seciton 8. 1987

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pp. 131-132

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Our Time Is Up

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pp. 133-144

The word, that year, was co-dependant. Barb was in a co-dependency group. Too young for a midlife crisis (that, believe it or not, was from 1965), but was exactly where she should be to begin probing the concerns of adult children (1983). Yuppies, identified in 1984, had already discovered if their families had been dysfunctional (1981), ...

Seciton 9. 1988

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pp. 145

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My Husband’s Best Friend

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pp. 146

We were there to talk about: My search for a career across the continent, her lover 2000 miles away waiting for a commitment. My husband wondering if being married was what he wanted, our new unintentionally similar haircuts, her budding friendship with my husband. Also: my memories of being fired from a job I loved, ...

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They’ll Shoot You

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pp. 147-154

Cici watches Jeremy’s eyes move across hockey statistics in the newspaper. His mother has told Jeremy, in private, that Cici could use some cute new clothes to wear instead of jeans. Jeremy told Cici later. He also told her his mother had informed him—as though it took her a day and a half to do the subtraction—that Cici was eleven years younger than him. ...

Seciton 10. 1989

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pp. 155

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First Year in Meadville

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pp. 156-157

No curtains on my office windows, un-frilled view through the storm glass, my feet on the ledge, chair tipped, head barely visible to those passing in the hall, remarking, “You spend a lot of time looking out your window.” But I’m working, just like the man in plaid shirt and knit hat, still raking leaves in March. ...

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pp. 158-178

She first encountered the neighbors on the steep adjoined driveways they shared. With an armload of letters, ad circulars and magazines from the mailboxes on the street, Nan’s neighbor was making her way back down toward the houses on her white concrete half of the driveway, just as Nan was headed up her own black asphalt side to collect her daily barrage of junk. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781597091947
E-ISBN-10: 1597091944
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597091336
Print-ISBN-10: 1597091332

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: First