A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh by Kevin Brockmeier

By Kevin Brockmeier

At age twelve, Kevin Brockmeier is able to turn into a special individual: no longer the boy he has consistently been--the one that cries too simply and laughs too simply, who lives in an otherland of glowing daydreams and imaginary catastrophes--but another individual altogether.

Over the process one college year--seventh grade--he units out looking for himself. alongside the way in which, he occurs into his first kiss at a church celebration, struggles to appreciate why his previous associates tease him on the lunch desk, turns into the debate of the whole institution because of his Halloween gown, and booby-traps his lunch to discourage a thief.

With an identical 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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I saw this as a huge responsibility because it was At Home in the World 49 a position of trust. The Voters League’s endorsement was a closely guarded secret until the time came to announce it, and only I and members of the Voters League knew who that would be. This was my first turn as an insider. It made me feel a part of the political process. From then on, I was hooked on following politics at the local and national level. I went to my first political meeting in 1948, when I was in the eighth grade.

The captain had gotten a full tank of gas, so he was eligible to win. When the attendant handed him the form to fill out, he said, a bit too gruffly, “I don’t have time for that—give it to my assistant,” gesturing in my direction. Then it hit me: He could not read. That was the point of having the cashier read the daily menu to him. He always claimed it was just a matter of efficiency, that he could keep doing little chores while others read to him. This was just a cover for what must have been a deep embarrassment.

Mr. Gideons, who must have been a pretty good student himself to have grown up to be principal of a school, didn’t seem concerned at all. It took a while, but it dawned on my father that being smart and interested in school didn’t mean that I was so greatly different from him, which may have been at the root of his reaction anyway. We had simply grown up in different times. Avenues were open to me At Home in the World 45 that hadn’t been open to him. I could prepare myself to be a man in a different way.

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