The sleek metal frame, smooth and impervious, is cool to the touch.  His fingers slide over the surface of the bar for a few seconds, and then he moves his hand back to his side.  He has been lying in the hospital for a week and a half now, but only the last three days has he been fully conscious. 

He remembers nothing of the fall that put him here, the nasty, life threatening fall they tell him he experienced but that he can feel neither in his memory nor his bones.  In fact, he feels very little besides a persistent restlessness, a feeling that he should be somewhere else doing something he needs to do.  What or where, he cannot say.

Christopher Shipley from "Felix Culpa"

Thursday, September 11, 2003
5:45pm - 6:45pm M110
Christopher Shipley earned his Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Chicago and has held faculty appointments at the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, and Goucher College. He is currently Professor of English at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has also served as Dean of the Liberal Arts and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. His interests and expertise include Contemporary Drama, Fiction Writing, Literary Theory, and the Narrative. He has published both scholarly essays and fiction. Christopher's Irish Week 1999 class focused on contemporary Irish drama, featuring the work of such playwrights as Brian Friel and Martin McDonagh.


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