Title

Holding Back the Tide: 0-16 and other Stories

Date of Award

3-22-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Andrea Dupree

Keywords

Appalachian Trail; Detroit; impermanence; personal essay; short story

Abstract

Holding Back the Tide: 0-16 and other Stories consists of two short stories and a personal essay, each featuring protagonists attempting to resist unstoppable change. 0-16 tells the story of a working class hero caught up in the global economic trends that threaten his most basic assumptions about his community and quality of life. The second short story, 10,000 Imaginary Bears, features the experience of a couple trying to recapture the spark of their honeymoon period after many months and miles have separated them from their earlier blissful days. The personal essay Under Every Stone relates my experience on a search and rescue operation and how it disrupted my simplistic, self-centered understanding of the world.

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