By Jim Oaten
Dodging down back-alleys in bomb-torn Beirut. Wheeling earlier God and site visitors in Mombassa, Kenya. Slipping round the edges of Alzheime's ailment, the Gulf warfare, and the eternity of CNN.
Set someplace among right here and the heat-death of the universe, Jim Oaten's debut assortment serves up random samples of literal and literary fact scooped up at best pace. even if peeking out from the backseat of mother and Dad's automobile or surveying the dirty wings of psychological wards, Accelerated Paces hurdles that uneasy terrain among artistic truth and sincere fiction. those brief tales and items forget about borders as they jaunt thorough exterior journeys and inner voyages.
This is either artistic non-fiction and artistic fiction, which follows the assumption of crossing barriers and blurring borders. This assortment is an specific demonstration of the way the 2 genres interaction, of ways a non-fiction occasion can encourage a fictional piece, and, apparently adequate, the opposite as well.
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