By Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Mason, a suffering author, is available in from the chilly after 5 years of drifting. His formative years good friend, Chaz, a small-time gangster, loans him an residence and reveals him a role promoting hotdogs. yet rather than getting his act jointly, Mason beverages an excessive amount of, does too many medicines and loses an excessive amount of funds at poker, digging himself much more deeply in debt to Chaz, who additionally occurs to be his drug broker. speak about a vicious circle.
Then Mason has a shiny notion. He'll locate the money to pay Chaz again through turning into a ghostwriter of suicide notes, a becoming use of his abilities. the difficulty is that Mason is hard-wired to rescue humans, and not anyone wishes rescuing greater than the suicidal. other than might be the girl he's falling in love with -- Willy, a wheelchair-bound, heroin-smoking good looks.
What occurs whilst an individual already wrestling together with his personal demons immerses himself within the tragedies of alternative people's lives? for that reason, much: a hotdog cart is totalled, a convict sprung, a funeral faked, a head scalped, a horse stolen. negative secrets and techniques are delivered to the sunshine and suicide morphs into homicide. Then, simply whilst it seems like Mason is eventually happening, he faces the largest attempt of all. He'll both turn into the death-defying hero of his personal goals or lose every thing and everyone he's ever loved.
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Two related poems, one unsettling (“The Eyes of the Poor”), the other quite horrible (“The Rope”), are firmly situated back in Baudelaire’s and Haussmann’s Paris. Like the preceding text, they focus on the eyes of the poor, and again foreground fundamental forms of speech encountered earlier—dialogue and Baudelaire on Urban Conflict and the Failure of Policy 39 recounting. On superficial reading they could be seen as misogynist—but only on superficial reading. Instead, both unmask an effort to displace guilt in the face of urban poverty.
Without pretending to answer the question, it is clear that Baudelaire experienced and wrote about these matters in a historically exemplary urban context, as part of a highly self-conscious literary tradition, but also from direct personal experience, and in penetrating fashion. Accordingly, there is an impressive group of studies of violence in Baudelaire (Thélot) and forms of resistance (Terdiman, 1985; Carpenter, 1996), of which the most illuminating is Ross Chambers’ beautiful Mélancolie et opposition (1987, trans.
The narrator admits that he is unable to explain why he is overcome with despotic hatred for the poor man, and illogically berates him for daring to sell ordinary glass, not colored “panes of paradise,” in the poor districts of the city. This is hardly the sublime capital celebrated in Baudelaire’s essays—rather the city as experienced by the poor, in which alienation from all that is satisfying and beautiful provokes a misdirected violence. The speaker rudely pushes the man toward the staircase, then commits an act that is immensely more destructive: I went to the balcony and I grabbed a little pot of flowers, and when the man reappeared at the door entrance, I let my engine of war drop down perpendicularly on the back edge of his pack.