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This interview was conducted with Patrick Cariseo on July 3rd 2016 at Greenport Manor. Patrick is a longtime Hudson area resident.
He talks about feeling centered in himself, the hard road getting there, not being able to do what he wants because of financial restrictions, and being sober for 26 years. He describes a trip hitchhiking to Arizona with a women he met in 1973. There are upwards of a dozen stray cats that Patrick takes care of, and he discusses his general love for animals, including whale watching experiences. He delves into his Childhood a bit explaining that his father was very domineering. Patrick says he wasn’t able to figure anything out about himself until he left home, and said he wasn’t really born until after he joined the army. Patrick talks about his politics and spirituality at length. He discusses his recovery from addiction, and some of the people he met in Alcoholics Anonymous. This interview was cut off because the memory card ran out of storage.
Charlotte graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied a mix of visual art, writing, and sociology. She grew up in New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is interested in memory-identity politics as related to trauma, and believes strongly in the transformative power of narratives.
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