Wake Up Stupid

Ron’s latest essay: “Wake Up Stupid, What My Last Book Taught Me – A Look Into Now Playing: Stoner and Spaz II was just published in Hunger Mountain.

Wake Up Stupid

I have a friend who says she takes a Do Not Resuscitate placard into the Macy’s dressing room. She can’t believe that’s her in the three-way mirror and if she collapses she doesn’t want to be revived.

My friend is a quipster, but looking in the mirror is no laughing matter to Ben Bancroft, the narrator of Now Playing: Stoner & Spaz II. His sixteen-year-old body is marred by cerebral palsy. One good side (the right) and one not so good (left). Early in the novel he compares himself to a tree struck by lightning, a tree that managed to survive. But barely. (read the rest here)

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