By Joe Putignano
Follow the writer as he is going on a harrowing trip from the U.S. Olympic education heart to homeless shelters to taking pictures heroin at the activity to being declared useless. This tale is going past habit. it's in regards to the fragility and tenacity of the human spirit and the way that spirit can redeem each certainly one of us by means of supporting to push us during the darkness, no matter if the darkness is from dying, divorce, or the disorder of addiction.
Acrobaddict is a narrative in regards to the shut dating among athletics and drug addiction—how an identical power, obsession, and commitment that may create an Olympic athlete may also create a homeless drug addict.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred overview) After studying former Olympic gymnastics hopeful Putignano's sinister but intoxicating memoir of habit, restoration, and extra dependancy, you finish up feeling like considered one of his closest associates. The first-time writer, who now portrays Crystal guy in Cirque du Soleil's touring production...
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Walking down the hallways among the other children, I felt like an intruder. I was an alien from another planet, isolated and alone. I was the strongest boy in my grade, doing the most pull-ups, chin-ups, rope climbs, and sit-ups, but still no one wanted to hang out with me. A different vibe emanated from me; I was not like the others, and even though no one said a word, silently we all knew. It wasn’t just the other kids I had trouble with; my middle school gym teacher didn’t like me either. Even though I was strong, he saw something in me that I think made him uncomfortable.
GALEN OF PERGAMON, A PROMINENT ROMAN PHYSICIAN, CONSIDERED THE SACRUM THE GREATEST OR MOST IMPORTANT BONE OF THE SPINE. As the sliver of blue moon slipped behind the starlit clouds that hung in the night sky, I knew without question that I was the happiest child who ever existed. My short life of eight years had been one of wonder, curiosity, and excitement. I was in my own dimension, an explorer devouring every fragment that life shone down upon me. At night, I heard the wind as it whispered through the dense, dark forest that guarded the back of our house.
There were, of course, occasional meetings where most of the time I sat quietly as a citizen of Thrace listening to the chilling tale of Orpheus’s return from the underworld and felt that this was definitely something that deserved to be shared with others. The following year I offered Joe a chance to take part in Totem, a new Cirque du Soleil touring show about evolution. This time he was asked to personify the Crystal Man, a luminous entity in the shape of a human mirror ball that opens the show, contorting as he descends from the outskirts of the universe, carrying with him the initial spark that is at the origin of all life forms on our planet.