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Courtney Eldridge

180′ing on the 180

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For the past few weeks, I’ve had this urge to watch skate videos. I couldn’t figure out why, either. Like some bizarre craving or what have you. Just didn’t make any sense, and it actually got to the point that I was scolding myself, You know, just because you’re writing about a fifteen-year-old doesn’t mean you have to act like one . . .. And then I hit me.

It might seem trivial, skateboarding, but it’s not. Because it was a week or two ago, watching Mark Gonzales videos, that I realized the next step I need to take with the book’s structure. See, Saccades takes place between April 6, 2009 and June 14, 2009, the night of Thea’s sixteenth birthday, and then, in order to come full circle, the book has to end on April 6, 2009. I didn’t know how I was going to pull this off, and I’d still have no idea were it not for watching the freedom of people flying on a simple piece of wood. It’s a revolution, you see. Right now, here’s the plan: I will begin on April 6, 2009, and proceed for a good 180 individual installments, chapters, however you want to think of them—could be a sentence, could be four pages, who knows—until the night of June 14 2009, an then I’ll 180 again, and reverse direction. Filling in blanks, moving backward for another 180 installments. Well, that’s the plan right now. I think it can be done.

Oh, and what do you know, Mark Gonzales is a Gemini, too. Shouldn’t come as a surprise, but still. Very interesting.

Bernhard Fruehwirth, “Over Eye, 2007″

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