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Pointless Pursuit: My Year of Picaresque Personal Ads

A petty act of revenge in the form of a droll online personal ad generated appreciative fan mail, turning the author’s head, and leading to this, an embarkation on a year-long project of writing and posting story-style “personals” on Cragislist. Readers have described these vignettes (with admiration) as byzantine, ridiculously obscure, and slapstick. A true parody of the genre, filled with historical trivia and tinted by a nostalgia for the past, this folie a deux of fiction and fact mixed up to surrealist proportions will leave you breathless and bewildered, but happy to have been along for the ride. A few errant lines from the book: I was born in the same Roman casino and at the same moment that King Farouk died. My mother had gone into labor presumably from the shock incurred by having been unjustly accused of counting cards… I have my share of unfulfilled dreams…such as running my own cock-fighting emporium in Mexico and reconstituting the Flying Wallendas, but as world-class touring canasta players… My grandfather also once told me that he had eleven days of whoopee with a young English novelist. They schtupped the stuffing out of each other, under the “L” in a vermin-ridden room of a salesmen’s hotel… I would flee Vaduz, and that world of dusk-ribboned ceilings of fixed arcadia. That world that had greeted me with ormolu sunsets was one that had also sent me off with those unknowable, sickly strains plumbed from the depths… When Mother entered the room, she discovered Roman wearing only a stippled foulard scarf, violently thrashing Father’s behind with a wangee cane… If I had the prescience to detect the loosening shards that would litter my path, I would have intensified my exertions and joined Michael Rockefeller’s expedition to Irian Jaya…

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scrub a dub

So i did this over the weekend…well aside from some trail cleaning…i did little else.   it was a rather unproductive weekend. i will label it a staycation. But I did start putting together the contents of my next book . . . not one i am reprinting . . . but one with my […]

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river of work

 I finally got out on the river last night…right before the sky got dark…and i rowed like hell to get out of the river..i tried to pull the boat out where i put in ..it’s a spot we cleared along the river bank..only to discover it was too rough and steep, I tried for 10 […]

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phoney help

I am trying to get this damn phone to pay for itself. And i will damn it…i have only had it in my name for 2 weeks and i already have the 1st bill and maxed out the download usage…i think i had misjudged my addiction. So, for the next two weeks, we are on […]

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so far so good

now that i am completely and utterly broke..i didn’t figured i would get laid off this time… i believed my boss when he kept telling me i’d get MORE money later on…yea i know i have heard that before… I have got to start SELLING any of the titles that are ‘finished’ so i can […]

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bookmaking

I spent the last few days with a tech from North Carolina controlling my computer trying to FIX different bugs in my computer that were preventing me from running Photoshop 7, which i desperately need, so i can run the half tone dot removing filter over some images I have swiped from various sources. I […]

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making book

i just spend a few straight days putting together another local history, they are addictive….the more i can get my hands on the more i want to reprint. i am even looking into a getting a free standing rack..i know the coffee shop at the corner will carry whatever i can produce…damn sight more interesting […]

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doldrums

Yes Virginia there is still no snow…and not likely to have any serious snow until next year…unless of course it snows in JUNE, which I have seen happen. It wouldn’t be a big deal, but usually New England’s mud season only lasts a few weeks, this year, it will go on for months. In my […]

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lickin dickens chapter by chapter

Charles Dickens were he alive would be 200 and probably dead. The reason i remembered this..well actually i didn’t remember it, I read it on the Guaradian.UK’s Charles Dickens a 200 webpage, I am sure that tiny island will lose it’s mind next year celebrating this event. From what i can see American children used […]

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boxing day

An email came into my inbox from the Bibliophile Group list that mentioned a Chicago Program that gets books to women in prison. They happened to be desperate for books for journaling (softcover or coverless), as it happens i have a whole shelf of such things in the back of my closet. Anyone who has […]

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