By Jonathan Carroll

Whilst a film-maker commits suicide, his legacy to his outdated good friend is to unravel the riddle of his demise and to accomplish his ultimate, improper horror motion picture. This mystery transcends truth into the area of fable the place the residing and the lifeless intermingle.

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Was it possible? To know so many things, to be pure magic, and not know that? Yes, if she was really only a child. "Sit down here. Sit next to me. I want you to tell me everything that's happened, from the minute you came back to be with Phil. Will you do that? " Wonder belongs to children, so when they talk about it, it's usually in the relaxed, reasonable voice of longtime residents. More than real life, wonder is their home. They believe in miracles, people with successful wings, religion. "Impossible" is an enemy, gravity too, our mundane and inappropriate schedules for them.

_ _The first few takes it was funny. But you can laugh only so many times at a slipup. _ _The fifth or sixth time nothing happened, I was about to call Cut! when someone let zap a blast that sounded like a tugboat crossing the harbor. Everyone on the set cheered_. _Looking out over the congregation, I did a double-take when I saw a new face that hadn't been there before. _ _A little girl, but what a little girl! Short hair, gorgeous features. She stood out from those rats like a small but brilliant acetylene flame.

Some combination, huh? Life and death living in one stomach, hand in hand! " "We can talk whenever you want. " When things are bad I often go into the nearest kitchen and cook. I try to make the acts of cutting and measuring, pouring and stirring, into little Zen masterpieces that, taken together, might someday metamorphose into mini-Satori. I don't close my eyes and shoot arrows into bull's-eyes, I stir-fry. While I put things together, Sasha asked if it'd be all right to go in and lie down till lunch was ready.

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