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Slice ePub May 24, 2014
<p>There are drawbacks to being a ghost, despite its advantages. It reduced my fear of people by making them less important, but I could not have predicted the increase in the “badness” I felt. What contact I did have with people became more, not less, shameful, leading me to shun them further. My “badness” could take the form of an idea that my body was ugly—fat, deformed, grot-esque—and that my internal organs were decomposing.</p><p>Everything I said and did was bad. I contaminated people, animals, furniture—anything I touched—and could detect disgust in people’s lowered eyes as I passed by. I feared their anger and contempt, but more than this I feared exposure of my putrescence to public gaze, and the instinctive, sterilizing backlash that would follow. The more I hid, the greater my aversion to being shamed. A version of the badness that defined me seemed to have affected members of my mother’s family. My father often verbally attacked her and her family as a debauched group, preoccupied by sex, drugs and indolence. My mother seemed unable to defend them; nor did she attack his family. Her method of defence was to attack the individual with maximum cruelty in an area of vulnerability. I came to see this as her first principle of survival (the second being sex). His drunkenness and neglect of her were the green light for his humiliation.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/225346-the-fifth-principle">See more</a>

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Dropping Slow

Slice PDF November 12, 2014

Medium 9781603442909


Slice ePub August 07, 2014
<p>Impacts of Fluid and Gas Expulsion</p><p>Harry H. Roberts</p><p>Our understanding of the geology of the northern and northwestern Gulf of Mexico continental slope has taken a quantum leap forward since Fishery Bulletin volume 89 (Bulletin 89) was published in 1954. Single-trace echo-sounder profiling, single-point soundings, and data from coring, trawls, and grab samples formed the database from which most interpretations of continental slope geology were made. Less than a decade after World War II, seismic data were starting to be routinely acquired from marine settings, and attention was focused on the Gulf of Mexico because it was a proven hydrocarbon-producing province. Salvador (1991) indicated that the first offshore seismic-reflection survey was in 1944. Since then, the petroleum industry, government (U.S. Geological Survey), and academic groups (particularly the Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas) have acquired seismic-reflection data from throughout the Gulf. These surveys have been instrumental in establishing the geologic framework for the Gulf basin since little direct geological data were available for most of the deep Gulf. It was not until the 1960s to 1970s that adequate seismic-reflection and refraction data became available to define the geology of the deep Gulf as a thick sedimentary unit overlying an acoustic basement consisting of oceanic crust or transitional crust (Buffler 1991).</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/742572-gulf-of-mexico-origin-waters-and-biota">See more</a>

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2 One Sister

Source: The Ninjas
Slice PDF February 23, 2015
<p>2 One Sister</p><p>I still play with dolls, but I know they’re just pretend. My best friend</p><p>Is the housekeeper’s cat. We are both exceptionally</p><p>Refined: he only eats mackerel, from a porcelain bowl.</p><p>I only wear silk taffeta ribbons on my head. He sounds like</p><p>A small growling dog when he purrs. I sound like a lady</p><p>Dog yapping, Mrs Locke says. If I were a lady cat</p><p>I could use my claws to unhook the pink strings</p><p>Of my sisters’ stays. I could slowly wave my tail in the air</p><p>To mean Give me some cream pie or What is the height</p><p>Of Faneuil Hall as measured in cats? My triangular skull</p><p>Would fit exactly into Mrs Locke’s hand. She thinks</p><p>Our family’s a silly thing, like putting a pug dog into</p><p>A party dress. She doesn’t know I sometimes put her cat</p><p>In the bathroom sink – he likes it there.</p><p>What I think: when my sisters are grown up</p><p>I’ll still be at home, not old enough yet.</p><p>If I close my eyes for a second, the world seems to end.</p><p>If I had a brother, we could run up and down</p><p>The hall all day, then build a castle for the cat.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/597091-the-ninjas">See more</a>

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Slice PDF December 10, 2014

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