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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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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”