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On NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, author Barry Lopez had a lengthy discussion with Terry Gross about “Sliver of Sky,” his essay about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child, which appears in the January 2013 issue of Harper’s Magazine.
Lopez describes in the story and to Gross the years he spent suffering at the hands of Dr. Harry Shier, a man renowned in Southern California in the Fifties for his work treating alcoholics; his failed attempt to have Shier arrested when he was a teenager; and the decades he has spent trying to come to terms with the abuse.
A summary, transcript, and audio file of the interview are available here.
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