lacking any definite plan or order or purpose; governed by or depending on chance
I think she’s double crazy and random.
conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual
Sure, my dad has a drinking problem and my mom can be a little eccentric, but they make sacrifices for me.
an occasion for excessive eating or drinking
I mean, yeah, my dad would sometimes go on a drinking binge and be gone for a week, but those white dads can completely disappear without ever leaving the living room.
in societies practicing shamanism: one acting as a medium between the visible and spirit worlds; practices sorcery for healing or divination
Epileptics were often shamans because people just assumed that God gave seizure-visions to the lucky ones.
emit long loud cries
At the hospital, my mother wept and wailed.
So they all waved the white flag that day and let me grieve in peace.
physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination
It’s just devastating.”
a social scientist who specializes in anthropology
Your anthropologist wasn’t much of an expert, either.
reflect deeply on a subject
We all just sat there in silence as Ted mulled that over.
having great beauty and splendor
It was the most glorious noise I’d ever heard.
cause to move, usually with force or pressure
And I realized that, sure, Indians were drunk and sad and displaced and crazy and mean, but, dang, we knew how to laugh.
face and withstand with courage
How much loss were we supposed to endure?
deeply agitated especially from emotion
I mean, the thing is, Medea was so distraught by the world, and felt so betrayed, that she murdered her own kids.
assume a drooping posture or carriage
I slumped into her class and sat in the back of the room.
said or done without having been planned or written in advance
A spontaneous demonstration.
revise or reorganize, especially for the purpose of updating and improving
I keep writing and rewriting, drawing and redrawing, and rethinking and revising and reediting.
emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
I mean, I’d always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totem pole—I wasn’t expected to be good so I wasn’t.
exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
In fact, my white fans were going to cheer for me like I was some kind of crusading warrior:
troops trained to fight on horseback
Cavalry against other Indians.
little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type
It made me feel exposed and primitive.
injury to the brain caused by a blow; usually resulting in loss of consciousness
He gave me a concussion that first game.
smile affectedly or derisively
Rowdy smirked at me as I took my position next to him.
lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
I wanted to absolutely demoralize him.
a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action
And I figured, with the crazy adrenaline coursing through my body, I might be able to jump over the rim again.
an impelling force or strength
One play can change your momentum forever.