Funny Stories From The Bottomless Pit

 
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"Funny Stories From the Bottomless Pit" is a collection of ten desperate short stories, set in the locales of Corpus Christi, San Francisco, Guatemala, Chocabamba, Houston, Mexicali, Chicago, Lima, Monterey and the University of Oklahoma campus--Undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder, Drunks, Prostitutes, Schizophrenics, Runaways, Vagrants and Botched Suicide Attempts...  Welcome to the Pit, Sucka!

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Because Sancho Panza arrives so early in the story, it is easy to forget that there is a time when Don Quixote is alone, a horribly dark time that is not the least bit funny.  But then Sancho is introduced and everything gets better, even though Don Quixote's mental illness does not improve, even though the pair suffer fresh beatings and humiliations on almost every page.  What had been disturbing is immediately joyful.  So, for me, this is the theme of that book, and the theme of my book as well--that regardless of how sad and desperate our lives become, we must endure and wait for the arrival of Sancho Panza.

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We followed the Guatemalan into a burning building.  It was impossible to keep up.  All we could do was track the path he made crashing through walls towards the screams.  When we finally got to him, there were bunches there, all of them inside some sinister red neon shadow, looking dead.  The Guatemalan crouched low again and we did too.  The Guatemalan pulled a child into his arms and we looked for children to pull into our arms.  All I found was a really old lady who smelled like burnt rubber but I cradled her like a child.  The Guatemalan disappeared with his little girl and we followed.  I could hear Milton telling everyone to come with us.  "The man has been sent by God," he informed them.  The seemed confused as to who he was referring.  "The Guatemalan, idiots.  Follow the Guatemalan!"--excerpt from "Loma Prieta Blues"   

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