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Another article! ABOUT BEING STABBED IN THE THROAT [Aug. 5th, 2009|08:19 am]
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Okay so after I posted the last link, lainiest posted a comment reading:

Isn't that the guy who got stabbed in the throat (and lived!!!)?

...which I thought would be an amazing thing for someone to just post after every LJ entry, but it turns out that, YES, the author is Tim Kreider and he had been stabbed in the throat and survived the experience.

Erikochan was nice enough to point out this comic (PDF format) of the story of the neck stabbing, and also this reflection on the experience which I ALSO really enjoyed. A snippit!

Fourteen years ago I was stabbed in the throat. This is kind of a long story and it’s not the point of this essay. The point is that after my unsuccessful murder I wasn’t unhappy for an entire year.


Winston Churchill’s quote about the exhilaration of being shot at without result is verifiably true. I was reminded of an old Ray Bradbury story, “The Lost City of Mars,” in which a man finds a miraculous machine that enables him to experience his own violent death over and over again, as many times as he likes — in locomotive collisions, race car crashes, exploding rockets — until he emerges flayed of all his free-floating guilt and unconscious longing for death, forgiven and free, finally alive. I started brewing my own dandelion wine in a big Amish crock. I listened to old pop songs too stupid to name in print.


I’m not claiming I was continuously euphoric the whole time; it’s just that, during that grace period, nothing much could bother me or get me down. The sort of horrible thing that I’d always dreaded was going to happen to me had finally happened. I figured I was off the hook for a while. In a parallel universe only two millimeters away from this one (the distance between the stiletto and my carotid), I had been flown home in the cargo hold instead of in coach. Everything in this one, as far as I was concerned, was gravy.


Repreive, by Tim Kreider.

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[User Picture]From: elizardbits
2009-08-05 12:39 pm (UTC)
Once a year on my stabbiversary I remind myself that this is still my bonus life, a free round.

THIS GUY IS AWESOME.
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[User Picture]From: lainiest
2009-08-05 12:44 pm (UTC)
You know, I was going to make just that same reply but I feel that it would be cheapened somehow by the repeated references. I think instead it is a gem that should be polished and shared on rarer occasions than 'every dang post'.
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[User Picture]From: miyukiryuu
2009-08-05 12:47 pm (UTC)
"..forgiven, free, and finally alive. " That right there, that whole paragraph is an extremely good piece of writing. Yeah, wow.
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[User Picture]From: arremmmdee
2009-08-05 01:08 pm (UTC)
i sort of want to get stabbed in the throat now
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[User Picture]From: qwantz
2009-08-05 01:49 pm (UTC)
I know, right?

but I have to survive it is the catch
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[User Picture]From: arremmmdee
2009-08-05 02:17 pm (UTC)
I think if you were to smile and wink at the would-be murderer just before he totally kills you the chances of survival would greatly increase; someone should do science with regards to the matter
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[User Picture]From: steve_dash_o
2009-08-05 01:57 pm (UTC)
He's also kind of a brilliant cartoonist, although sadly he's on hiatus right now. Check out his archive:

http://www.thepaincomics.com/

During the Bush years there's a heavy emphasis on political cartooning but he does straight-up silly stuff too, and it's all beautifully drawn and hand-lettered. Here's a few of my favorites:

It May Not Be a Perfect System...

Ashcroft (you may need to read the artist's statement on this one if you don't get it)

Science vs Norse Mythology

The Week Without a Computer

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[User Picture]From: _fluffy
2009-08-05 05:15 pm (UTC)
I am guessing that there is something wrong with Linux's PDF viewer because the text is unreadable to me (because of lots of pixelation) but everyone else is saying how awesome it is so clearly the problem is on my end. This makes me sad.
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[User Picture]From: lafinjack
2009-08-05 09:32 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: _fluffy
2009-08-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: lafinjack
2009-08-05 09:15 pm (UTC)
You bastard, you stole the idea I was going to steal.
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[User Picture]From: whatthebec
2009-08-05 09:02 pm (UTC)
Getting stabbed in the throat is SO 90's.
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[User Picture]From: mawkish
2009-08-06 02:57 pm (UTC)
There was a Reader's Digest Drama in Real Life story titled "Chisel in the Throat."

Good reading.
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