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From a maintenance worker whose long-simmering grief pushes him to steal a wealthy client’s child “Pool Boy” to an out of work manager plotting revenge on the boss who fired him “Golden Years”, Eric Lloyd Blix explores the fallout of American progress. The stories in Physically Alarming Men span landscape and history, from the Depression-era Midwest to a speculative Middle-East: a trio of fraudsters set up camp outside a peat bog in a scheme to kidnap and exploit two backwoods brothers rumored to possess the gift of healing “Bemidji”; while under house arrest, an idiosyncratic man-child contemplates violence, mass media, and the philosophical underpinnings of his incarceration while waiting for his mother to bring him milk “Call Me Randy”. At times lyrical, gritty, and strange, these provocative stories depict the lives of outcasts, criminals, and screw-ups of various kinds: characters wracked by history and their own failings.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. Bemdji
  2. pp. 11-24
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  1. Call Me Randy
  2. pp. 25-36
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  1. Golden Years
  2. pp. 37-53
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  1. Things That Drop
  2. pp. 54-55
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  1. Weather
  2. pp. 56-64
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  1. The Hero
  2. pp. 65-81
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  1. Rainy River
  2. pp. 82-93
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  1. Empire
  2. pp. 94-108
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  1. Doctor on a Hill
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. Cadillac Man
  2. pp. 117-132
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  1. Physically Alarming Men
  2. pp. 133-143
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  1. Shipwreck
  2. pp. 144-153
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  1. Pool Boy
  2. pp. 154-168
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 169-170
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781622884063
Related ISBN
9781622881710
MARC Record
OCLC
1043596948
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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