By Kevin Brockmeier
At age twelve, Kevin Brockmeier is able to turn into a distinct individual: no longer the boy he has constantly been--the one that cries too simply and laughs too simply, who lives in an otherland of gleaming daydreams and imaginary catastrophes--but another person altogether.
Over the process one institution year--seventh grade--he units out looking for himself. alongside the way in which, he occurs into his first kiss at a church get together, struggles to appreciate why his outdated buddies tease him on the lunch desk, turns into the controversy of the complete tuition because of his Halloween dress, and booby-traps his lunch to discourage a thief.
With an analogous deep feeling and oddly dreamlike precision which are the hallmarks of his fiction, the acclaimed novelist now explores the dream of his personal prior and recovers the individual he used to be.
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And, increasingly, I was skeptical of business practices and of the mass communications media. In addition, I experienced some chilling preparations for nuclear war. During elementary school there were “take cover” drills, during which—upon hearing that command from our teacher—we would scramble to hide under our desks. At some other point in my schooling, students were issued metal dog tags bearing our names and addresses and told to wear them night and day, even in the shower. We were told that after a nuclear war the dog tags would help to identify what was left of our bodies.
My mother, who was home most of the time, was warm and encouraging. And on evenings and weekends, when my father was home, he often played board games and tennis with me. Of course, children sometimes have disagreements with their parents, and I apparently had mine. Feeling persecuted, I ran away from home on at least one occasion. But, after a few hours of walking up Coney Island Avenue, I forgot exactly what it was that I was angry about. So I headed home to my parents and never even bothered to tell them that I had run away.
When pizza first became popular in the New York area, Sylvia and Dottie, who adored it, insisted on taking my mother, Reece, and me with them to a local Italian restaurant to introduce us to it. When what seemed to me like an enormous pan of pizza arrived—bubbling, oozing, and reeking of cheesy smells—my Aunt Sylvia ripped off a large piece, trailing long strings of cheese, and shoved it into my mouth. I immediately vomited. Aunt Sylvia’s husband, my Uncle Sidney, became our free family doctor, and, in turn, my father did free legal work for him.
A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade by Kevin Brockmeier