Monday, April 27, 2015

One of Mine: War is the Most Important Thing

War (in itself) is the Most Important Thing
War is the Most Important Thing maps the progression from "In Utero" through the war past the house fire into the bedroom and then into consciousness.  This collection marks the very beginning, wordplay and the earliest vignettes mixed with war stories and autobiography.  Imagines of love making and desert warfare produce a juxtaposition of sex and violence.  Highly episodic, War (in itself) is the Most Important Thing, is the anthem of the 1990s, The alienation of veterans returned home from war, and Generation X.
335 Pages. 73,000 Words.

Monday, April 20, 2015

One of Mine: The Perils of Reading

The Perils of Reading
In the title story of this collection, Ted hits heavy Bakelite typewriter keys when he composes ill-conceived love letters in "The Perils of Reading the Classics When You're No Holden Caulfield." The Perils of Reading as imagined, are inherent dangers moving over deserted plains within and instead of connecting with saviors and condemners. "All Things American," happens in every town throughout the USA: it happens when young couples take fiancees home to meet the family.  And In "The Escape from Recess," Ricky finds a comrade in Claude, the two share in their terminal illness, ennui.
245 Pages. 51,000 Words.

Monday, April 13, 2015

One of Mine: The Last Waiter on Earth

The Last Waiter on Earth
When Harvey becomes “The Last Waiter on Earth,” he's sure to have the best shifts and make the biggest tips. Even with natural disasters destroying his neighborhood and leaving the place condemned, Harvey takes to recollection: being a waiter wasn't all that bad. The double life of Lowell in “Unforeseen Circumstances” teeters between the safe suburban bedrooms and the Bohemian dreams of living in a flat above the shop. When long suppressed high school crushes come home for a funeral in “Undertone of a Smile” adultery and anger mix with the noises of the streets below. And to take a turn for the macabre, what does become of the “Hands of Barbies”?
226 Pages. 48,000 Words.

Monday, April 6, 2015

One of Mine: Life in the Abyssal Zone

Life in the Abyssal Zone
In the depths of the Sargasso Sea the darkness invades from a distant sun. The coolness of the sterile water keeps life away, far away, and distant. Paradox? Desert under the waves? The Sargasso Sea comes landward in this collection. This is the paradox of a post industrialized world, deep in the sterility of our streets, our cities and our now barren psyche. “Home for the Holidays” quietly screams of the loss of family, community and sensation. The title story “Life in the Abyssal Zone” creeps into the dirty tenements that have now grown chic despite the lack of food. The farce of “Sugarhouse” can be summed up in the opening phrase, “The good days can't last forever...” And yes, bad things happen in neighborhoods where no one lives.

220 Pages. 48,000 words.