Charles Brian Orner
SOSTENUTO - A Novel

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Chapter 13

1    Peter Sellers stared in Stanley Kubrick’s films Lolita and Dr. Strangelove. He was one of only two actors that the normally controlling Kubrick allowed free rein to heavily improvise his own dialogue and have enormous creative input into his character. The other was R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket.
2    Glooscap (also spelled Gluskabe, Glooskap, Gluskabi, Kluscap, Kloskomba, or Gluskab) is a mythical culture hero, and “transformer” of the Wabanaki peoples. He is represented as the creator in the Penobscot Indian Nation’s Creation Myth, as transcribed by Joseph Nicola in The Red Man. He was an important figure for the Abenaki in the United States and Atlantic Canada, including the Passamaquoddy and the Mi’kmaq (Micmac) tribes, both part of the Wabanaki Confederacy. Glooscap is portrayed in a creator role similar to that of the Ojibwa Nanabozho and the Cree Wisakedjak. His name, Kloskabe, means “Man that came from nothing” or literally, “Man [created] only from speech.” According to legend, after Tabaldak created humans, the dust from his hand created Glooscap, and some versions say that he also created Glooscap’s twin brother, Malsumis. Tabaldak gave Glooscap the power to create a good world. Malsumis, on the other hand, did the opposite, and still seeks evil to this day. Malsumis is the evil brother of Glooscap, who was created form the dust of the creation of man. While he and Glooscap both had the power to do good, Malsumis used his power for evil and trickery, like putting thorns on plants, or giving insects their sting. While Glooscap protects man, Malsumis uses his power to plot the end of man to this very day.

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