of or relating to the brain
I was actually born with too much
cerebral spinal fluid inside my skull.
having one side lower or smaller or lighter than the other
My brain damage left me nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other, so my ugly glasses were all
lopsided because my eyes were so
a sudden attack of a disease, often characterized by spasms
But the thing is, I was having those
seizures because I already had brain damage, so I was reopening wounds each time I seized.
yielding readily to or capable of
I haven’t had a seizure in seven years, but the doctors tell me that I am “
susceptible to seizure activity.”
something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
You wouldn’t think there is anything life threatening about speech
impediments, but let me tell you, there is nothing more dangerous than being a lad with a stutter and a lisp.
a district that is set aside for a particular purpose
So I draw because I feel like it might be my only real chance to escape the
misery resulting from affliction
And now I’m sure you’re asking, “Okay, okay, Mr. Hunger Artist, Mr. Mouth-Full-of-Words, Mr. Woe-Is-Me, Mr. Secret Recipe, what is the worst thing about being poor?”
cry weakly or softly
whimpered in pain.
bark in a high-pitched tone
When I touched him, he
yelped like crazy.
a person of more advanced age
I was too young to deal blackjack at the casino, there were only about fifteen green grass lawns on the reservation (and none of their owners outsourced the mowing jobs), and the only paper route was owned by a tribal
elder named Wally.
a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave
Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about
filled with melancholy and despondency
After Oscar died, I was so
depressed that I thought about crawling into a hole and disappearing forever.
to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
This was the 127th annual one, and there would be singing, war dancing, gambling, storytelling, laughter, fry bread, hamburgers, hot dogs, arts and crafts, and plenty of alcoholic
Rowdy isn’t a fast reader, but he’s
equally skillful with each hand
a person who rescues you from harm or danger
prison-work farm for our liberal, white, vegetarian do-gooders and conservative, white missionary
believed or reputed to be the case
Some of our teachers make us eat birdseed so we’ll feel closer to the earth, and other teachers hate birds because they are
supposedly minions of the Devil.
a servile or fawning dependant
Some of our teachers make us eat birdseed so we’ll feel closer to the earth, and other teachers hate birds because they are supposedly
minions of the Devil.
worn and broken down by hard use
And let me tell you, that old, old, old,
decrepit geometry book hit my heart with the force of a nuclear bomb.
pose a series of questions to
He was, like,
an offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry)
Those romances always featured a love affair between a virginal white schoolteacher or preacher’s wife and a
half-breed Indian warrior.
an onerous or difficult concern
I was carrying the
burden of my race, you know?
We all got really mad and
vowed to kick their asses the next game.
an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose
“I’m as serious as a