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Fast Talking man is an excerpt from Cave Dogs shadow play Ferrous City (2002). It is the story of a family car trip. During a quintessential summer in the city, too hot to stay indoors, a mother takes her children for a drive to their grandma's working farm, and along the way they encounter the Fast Talking Man; Sam, the short order cook-juggler; a wedding cake; and a bunch of hogs that will change how they arrive at their final destination. We view this world through the eyes of the mother, her children, and the people they observe. Ferrous City is about the dispersal of families from rural to urban homes and the struggle to maintain family ties. It celebrates the role the neighborhood, of strangers and friends, in the development of a child, and looks at what it means to be a mother in the twenty-first century. Reflecting on the car culture that dominates the lives of many families in the U.S., the narrative is conveyed through the windows of the family station wagon. Along the journey, the characters experience the absurdity of everyday life and the extraordinary power of the ordinary. It is about how we encourage the life of the mind through childhood play and adult daydreaming, and how our lives shaped by these interior narratives. Finally, Ferrous City is a story about story telling: stories told in families, between siblings, and in communities.