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documentary, VHS-C, 12mins, 2006

filmed and edited by Donal Foreman

"To them, adolescence was nearly fatal. ... To survive a sober afternoon was heroic. Only a state of witless inebriation was really sensible. The best of life was intoxication.

... When he had stuffed his head for the first time, he had felt his teen death sentence lift temporarily. He had felt the kindness of inanimate objects, the kindness of trees, the kindness of old dormitories. He had found brilliant comedy in the connection between these things.

... But lately these drugs had not been working. Lately, nothing made it through his paraffin shell."

—Rick Moody, The Ice Storm (Abacus, 1994).

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