Thursday, February 3, 2022

the last book I ever read (Percival Everett's I Am Not Sidney Poitier, excerpt three)

from I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett:

What should have been a moment of triumph for me, standing up for myself and even settling the matter without blows, turned oddly sour as I realized that the kids around me were now afraid of me. By so daringly stepping away from my role as victim, I was to be feared, or at least made to feel like a shit for abandoning the rules.

I hated everything about everything. The rules that had been broken, the trust that had been broken, were all broken by that slutty history teacher, that orally fixated predator who didn’t know that normalcy was coined by a dumb president.

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