A Thousand Shards of Glass: There Is Another America by Michael Katakis

By Michael Katakis

A visceral and eviscerating lament for the us, the rustic Katakis enjoyed yet can now not undergo to stay in.

Once upon a time, Michael Katakis lived in a spot of massive desires, brilliant colors and sleight of hand. That position was once America.

One evening, traveling the place those that stay inside illusions should not pass, he stared into the darkness and glimpsed a light flag the place shadows accrued, revealing one other the US. It was once a damaged position, bred from worry and mistrust - one thousand shards of glass - packed with a those that in the past had given away all that used to be beneficial; a those that were offered, for therefore lengthy, a international betrayal that eventually got here from inside, and for not anything greater than a handful of silver.

These essays, letters and magazine entries have been written as a farewell to the rustic Michael loves nonetheless, and to the spouse he knew as his 'True North'. a robust and private polemic, one thousand Shards of Glass is Michael's entice his fellow electorate to alter their direction; a cautionary story to these all over the world who idealise an the United States that by no means used to be; and, crucially, a glimpse past the parable, to a rustic whose top days might nonetheless lie forward.

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It made them sick. It tasted funny: not how they remembered. Sometimes when I am lying in bed, reaching unsuccessfully for sleep, I think about food. I create a theme, like potatoes. In my head, I conjure up the different potato dishes my mother cooked when I was a child, and they fly magically across my mind’s eye like a scene from Bewitched. New potatoes in cream and dill; potato pancakes; pork chops with scalloped potatoes. The backdrop for these reveries is always summer: there is a yellow and red swing set that clangs to a stop as Mama calls our names for dinner, and screen doors that slam open and shut all along the lane, thwack, thwack, thwack.

One day, Anh took me to her favourite Vietnamese restaurant where she graciously interpreted the menu for me. I told her about when my mother got involved in helping Vietnamese refugees in Ottawa, and suddenly everything she cooked was Asian: spring rolls, stir fries, grilled whole fish, not a potato in sight. I grew to love the clean, fresh taste of Vietnamese food. ” Anh and I ate salad rolls with peanut sauce, ground prawn wrapped around sugarcane, and barbecued chicken redolent of lemongrass and lime.

Men walk by carrying rakes and scythes on their shoulders, women herd geese and cows. The light on this June afternoon is incandescent, making a chiaroscuro of the lupins, poppies, and wild roses that grow with abandon by the side of the road. Olena, in flowered kerchief, tunic, and long skirt, stands beside her house. She is expecting us. As Cousin Roxolana and I emerge from our taxi, Olena holds out her wide, capable arms. I burst into tears as she kisses me three times, cheek and cheek and cheek again.

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