Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Breakdancing Career, Reconsidered

I was rereading my piece My Career as a Breakdancer - published in 2007 on the site Eclectica. Anyway, I think it's awesome. I think the whole story ties together in a fascinating way. It's mostly about two people absent from my life - my late father and my long lost friend Jim. But in the shadows are the ghosts of women notable in their lurk (always there) and in the writer's (my) decision not to mention them. There's the mother who didn't have a strong opinion on the lawnmower or the war.  Eventually the war meant something. There's the sister who exists only as invisible fourth car passenger. There's the first girlfriend and the first wife, plot-deviced into the ethers before their time. And there's me.

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