The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory


A searing, imaginative memoir that pairs two stories, the author's budding self-realization and the race to formulate the theory of evolution.

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A searing, imaginative memoir that pairs two stories, the author's budding self-realization and the race to formulate the theory of evolution.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786720071
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenny Fries lives in Northhampton, Massachusetts, and teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College. His books include Body, Remember: A Memoir, Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out, Desert Walking, Anesthesia: Poems, and The Healing Notebook. Most recently he was a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Where Darwin Stood     XV
Still Disabled     1
The Beehive     8
Utilitarian Shoes     15
A Little World Within Itself     18
Bodies of Water     21
Darwin at Home     26
I.D. Shoes     29
Wallace in the Amazon     34
Echoes of Extinction     37
What Wallace Found     40
My Salamanders     43
Birds of Paradise     46
Bananas and Dew     49
Ambulatory People     52
The Emerald Buddha     55
The Old Monk-Priest     60
Extinct Like the Wolf and Tiger     64
Shoeless in Phang Nga Bay     68
Departure From the Original Type     70
A Hole in a Shoe     74
The Hidden Bond of Connection     78
Dark Water     84
A New Science     88
Something About You Kids     91
Metaphors     94
Shoes on Fire     97
Under the Form of the Baboon     100
Natural Affection     105
Wallace's Survival     107
Disability Made Me Do It     110
The Originsof Desire     113
The Imperfections of Beauty     115
The Accumulation of Little Things     119
Shoes in a White Cardboard Box     121
Living Among Them     123
Spilled Rice     126
ADD     129
A Gap in the Wiring     133
A Young Man in a Hurry     135
Black Monkeys     138
Perverse Nature     140
Aqua Booties, Size Six     146
Foaming Over It     150
Reciprocal Altruism     153
The Schist     156
A Portafloor and Yellow Boats     158
Crossing the River     161
Radiant, Not Blinding, Light     165
Shoes and the Calvaria Tree     170
Black Shoes     174
The History of My Shoes     177
Disability as Zeitgeist     179
Birds in November     182
Changing the Question     185
A Cane With No Story     187
The Niche of a Flightless Bird     190
No Reason     192
Big and Small     193
Transformation to Flight     195
Infinite Space and Time     199
Epilogue: Sky-pointing      201
Acknowledgments     205
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