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UnFictional: Why I Ride the Bus

From: KCRW
Series: UnFictional
Length: 28:30

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Every waking moment of his life Carl Kozlowski is in a struggle just to stay awake. He's fighting narcolepsy, that chronic disorder rendering the sufferer helpless against the often overwhelming urge to go to sleep. Much of that road is traveled on an LA Metro bus, the 180, a route whose final stop is the world-famous show biz crossroads of Hollywood & Vine.

Unfictional320x350_small Every waking moment of his life Carl Kozlowski is in a struggle just to stay awake. He's fighting narcolepsy, that chronic disorder rendering the sufferer helpless against the often overwhelming urge to go to sleep. For Carl, it's meant more than a decade of adapting his busy life to the reality that he will at some point find himself in asleep in places most people can't imagine allowing themselves even a quick doze: his desk at a brand new job, backstage at a comedy club as he's about to go on, in rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway, on a first date on a late night city bus, shoulder to shoulder with LA's nocturnal denizens. My Life With Narcolepsy traces Kozlowski's sometimes funny, sometimes torturous road from total denial that he suffered a sleep disorder to something resembling a cure. Much of that road is traveled on an LA Metro bus, the 180, a route whose final stop is the world-famous show biz crossroads of Hollywood & Vine.

Piece Description

Every waking moment of his life Carl Kozlowski is in a struggle just to stay awake. He's fighting narcolepsy, that chronic disorder rendering the sufferer helpless against the often overwhelming urge to go to sleep. For Carl, it's meant more than a decade of adapting his busy life to the reality that he will at some point find himself in asleep in places most people can't imagine allowing themselves even a quick doze: his desk at a brand new job, backstage at a comedy club as he's about to go on, in rush-hour traffic on a busy freeway, on a first date on a late night city bus, shoulder to shoulder with LA's nocturnal denizens. My Life With Narcolepsy traces Kozlowski's sometimes funny, sometimes torturous road from total denial that he suffered a sleep disorder to something resembling a cure. Much of that road is traveled on an LA Metro bus, the 180, a route whose final stop is the world-famous show biz crossroads of Hollywood & Vine.

Additional Credits

Contributor: Carl Kozlowski

Related Website

http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/uf/uf110805why_i_ride_the_bus