Bend Me, Shape Me was featured yesterday on Commas and Quotations. Thank you for posting the first chapter and buy links, C&Q!
After eating, she lit up her last, half smashed cigarette, and sat cross-legged, waiting while the night lowered and the wind began to clear the clouds overhead. Soon Jinx would come, or Tina, and they’d crawl through the window and find him, crazy, fucked up Blitz, with his throat slit and her fingerprints all over the room. And somehow, someone would let them know, the police pigs. And they’d come looking. Like they did before. But this time they wouldn’t find her.
via Commas and Quotations: Bend Me Shape Me by Debra R. Borvs.
We've had a look at Jo Sullivan and Snow Ramirez's journals, but what about Dr. Mordechai Levinson? Here's an excerpt from one of his research papers.
It’s really very simple. To achieve anything in life, you must focus on your goal and with a clear mind work toward it. The brain has so much ability we don’t use. Brilliant men have spent their careers finding ways to awaken those dormant brain cells. I have spent my career in that same pursuit. Now, I‘m not saying I’m as brilliant as Scientist A or Scientist B, but I believe as they do.
Our country is in danger, our lives are in danger. How could any fool witness the pictures of the September 11 tragedy and not realize that? Our enemy has found a way to tap into the minds of their followers and imbue them with a selfless, unstoppable passion. No hesitation in the face of death. No compassion for the humanity of their victims. A profound belief that what they do is right.
If humans could only tap into the enormous resource of their own brains, who knows what we could achieve. We need men who will stop at nothing to achieve what is good. We need heroes unencumbered by debilitating character flaws like compassion and self-doubt.
Oh my God. I had not heard about this in the news and am appalled at the audacity of the double standard employed by this judge. This screams injustice louder than anything I’ve heard recently. But then perhaps I should not be so surprised. This happens too often, but more importantly, is too seldom railed against in the media. Where are the main stream news reports that call attention to this kind of bullshit? “Judge Boyd, also presided over a case last year in which a 14 year old African American boy punched one person, who subsequently fell and hit his head and died from the injury. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.”
Late last summer I did an interview with Edward C. Stanton, President of Just Imagine It Ink which does a podcast called “Get Behind Me, Now Stay There” which broadcasts on iTunes and at KSKQ 89.5 FM. The interview will be a small part of their hour-long show that hasn’t posted yet, but is expected to do so in the next month or so.
Since it will be a while before the full show posts, I thought you might listen to the unedited version early. It’s a bit long (about 15 minutes) so if you’d rather wait till the official broadcast, check back here and I’ll link to it as soon as it is up.
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Snow Ramirez hasn’t trusted anyone in a very long time, not even herself. Memories of her childhood on Washington’s Yakama Reservation haunt her even on the streets of Chicago. When her squat mate Blitz slits his own throat in front of her, she knows it’s time to convince someone to trust her instincts. Blitz may have been diagnosed bi-polar, like Snow herself, but no way would he have offed himself like that if the shrink he’d been seeing hadn’t bent his mind completely out of shape.
Normally she wouldn’t care. Who wasn’t crazy in one way or another in this messed up world? After all, she’d gotten out from under the doctor’s thumb weeks ago and it was too late for Blitz now, wasn’t it? Snow’s little brother Alley, though, there might still be time to save him. If only she can get reporter Jo Sullivan to believe her story before Snow loses her own mind.
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