Chapter One: Now
You have to watch what you say here because everything you say means something and somebody's always telling you what you mean.
"Step off," I tell this nurse when she tries to get me to eat.
"You mean, thank you for caring," she says. "You're welcome."
"I need a lighter," I tell her, and she goes, "You mean you want a lighter. Dream on, sweetheart."
So I take their medicine and walk around in socks the way they make you, and stay real quiet.
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"Hello, America," he goes. "I'm Dr. B." He holds out his hand, but I play like I don't even see it. "I'll be your...