Memoir meets true crime in Don Mitchell's exploration of a brutal 1969 murder - of which he was himself a suspect. In Hawaiian culture, shibai means "gaslighting," a concept on which Mitchell expands in this riveting first-person account of the ripples felt from the murder of Jane Britton, the Harvard graduate student who was his friend. Weaving together speculation and discoveries that excavate layers of truth and error, Mitchell moves through past and present, detailing his youth on the Big Island of Hawai'i, ultra running the high plains of the dormant Mauna Kea volcano, navigating the language and culture of the Nagovisi people in Bougainville, and meeting Becky Cooper, an investigative reporter in whose book about Jane's murder he is a continuing presence. Mitchell explores the way facts can shatter long-held perceptions, how love and connection transcend time and culture, and the way memory and meaning can shapeshift into shibai.
|Publisher:||Saddle Road Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
For many years he was a professor of anthropology at Buffalo State, a unit of the State University of New York.
In his non-academic life, he was a dedicated marathon and ultra-marathon runner and a professional road race timer (operating for 25 years as Runtime Services). He continues to tackle long distances on foot, though much more slowly.
He lived in Buffalo and later in Colden, New York, before moving back to his childhood home in Hilo, where he lived with the poet Ruth Thompson. In 2020 they moved to Ithaca, New York.
He published an academic book and articles about Nagovisi, but in the early 1990s returned to writing fiction and poetry. His stories have won praise from many quarters, including a Pushcart nomination and awards from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology, New Millennium Writings and other journals.
His photographs have won competitions and have hung in several Hawai'i galleries.
He designs books for several small publishers.
He has been an Artist in Residence for the City of Portales, NM, and in 2019 shared (with Ruth Thompson) the Jack Williamson Visiting Professor of English Chair at Eastern New Mexico University.
In Hawai'i, he was actively involved in matters concerning Mauna Kea, Hawai'i's tallest and most contested mountain.
Table of Contents
At the Police Station
You Decide to Write in Second Person
You Feel the Need of Some Danger
How Not to Save Yourself
Letting A Body Rot
Running or Running Away?
Out There On the Net
Positives and Negatives
What You Don't Talk About
The Young You
Drum Noise Is Just Drum Noise
On the Road
The Hawai'i Police Department
The Interview Room
Tell Me Every Bad Thing
Killed by Lightning on a Mayan Pyramid
After the Interview
The Murder Weapon
Knocking Around on Mauna Kea
This Is Not A Drill
A Crime of Passion
He Felt Heavy So I Knew He Was Dead
This Call Never Happened
A New Novel, and Boyd Calls Again
Planting the 'Ohi'a
The 'Ohi'a Redux
Leaving It All Behind
Approaching the Finish Line
About the Author