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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Hellhound on his Trail

Title: Hellhound on his Trail
By: Hampton Sides

I am not one to read history for pleasure, but I found reading "Hellhound on his Trail" is like reading a thickly plotted novel. This engrossing tale is all the more interesting because it is based on true events. Hampton Sides shows us the little known, gritty bits about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassin, following him from his petty criminal beginnings through the international manhunt following the assassination. Along the way there are fascinating portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, and also of our country in the 1960s. The amount of research that Sides did is staggering, and it shows in the detail he provides. What people wore, what they said and how they said it, what they ate, and who they slept with is all woven into this fantastic tale. No matter what you believe happened on April 4, 1968, and who was responsible for it, this account is worth reading.

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Posted by Abbey on Sept. 30, 2010 at 1:55 p.m.


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