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Friday, May 13, 2011

Two Paths

The searing pain which very occasionally results from the combination of phototherapy and Other Factors, can sometimes send me places...

Obviously, the truth will lie somewhere between these two very extreme scenarios...

Dark Path

Discontent with having hit a plateau in life, Cat quits his job in print production to pursue his literary ambitions. While waiting for responses from numerous queries and connections, he is forced by the vagaries of the job market to take a job washing dishes at a restaurant. The restaurant's manager and owner take to teasing Cat about his skin condition, which is very much worsened by his hot, damp, cramped and stressful work environment. Hearing nothing from the publishing world, Cat begins to drink daily in an apparent attempt to self-medicate his worsening depression. Fed up and realizing his peril, he decides to apply for long-term disability support. His application is denied; he challenges this and pursues it all the way to the Federal Court of Appeal. The judge, a recent Conservative appointee, orders a psychiatric assessment. His conclusion is that Cat is able to work, as long as he undergoes a systemic treatment that will clear his psoriasis completely. Cat protests that he has a right to choice, especially since systemic psoriasis treatments have significant side-effects; but his further appeal is denied and a court order enforces the course of treatment. On his return to his job, he is teased even more relentlessly by the workplace aggressors; until there is a bitter fistfight and he is charged with aggravated assault (though this charge is later dropped). On December 21, 2012, just a few days shy of his 32nd birthday, Cat commits suicide.

Light Path


Discontent with having hit a plateau in life, Cat quits his job in print production to pursue his literary ambitions. A friend introduces him to a local poetry publisher, who agrees to publish "Book of Life". While readying the release version of "viktoria", Cat finds short-term employment as a proofreader for a local independent newspaper. "Book of Life" is a rampant success in the modest field of modern poetry; indeed, it threatens to vastly expand the interest in poetry of the public in general. Unexpectedly Cat is awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "MacArthur Genius Award". Feeling invigorated and much less harried, Cat summons the courage to approach his publisher, and together the two of them approach a national publishing house with the aspiration of releasing "viktoria" and "Book of Life" on the local imprint, to a worldwide audience. On December 21, 2012, "Book of Life" appears on the New York Times bestseller list. Cat goes on to publish seven further books of poetry, four novels and a further six studio albums. He founds Placement, an agency devoted to locating creative geniuses and connecting them with the publishing and entertainment industry in an ethical way. His continuing work in the furtherance of art, education, cultural awareness, social and animal rights, environmentalism and futurism causes him to be inducted into the Order of Canada on December 30, 2051. He is 70. He continues as a beloved presence in the cultural community until his death at age 73, from a sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.

Long Live the Good People. Long Live the Cat.

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