Set in 1993, Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger chronicles the last night of the iconic poet as he struggles to end his haunted past or salvage himself from the crash and burn of living in a state of desolation and terminal sadness for too long. Psychologically trapped in his room and hiding from the chaos of a massive New Years Eve party where over-zealous hangers-on have turned his home into a hostel for degenerates, Salinger challenges Fate to decide the outcome of his contemplated suicide as he pens a poignant epitaph for a generation that celebrated the belief that it was the last, and laments the 1980's SoCal Punk scene and lifestyle. Through sincere prose, he exhumes the deep and lyrical themes of the Punk and Beat Poet subcultures to create a poetic tribute to the tragic end of a doomed era and the death of an elusive American Dream. It's an anti-hero's emotional descent into a white-hot madness to convince the audience in his mind that everything is special, everything matters, and that "Sometimes, life's greatest mystery is ourselves."
"... very intense and instantly grabs your attention ... it is an intriguing read.... This book is reality writing. A great read indeed." - Punk Globe Magazine
"A poet's valediction" - The Doors Examiner
Five Stars "This book is an emotion-packed, drug-induced, punk-as-hell, insanely gripping roller coaster ride. 'Buy the ticket, take the ride.' Or in this case, "buy the book, take the dark, dark ride.'"
Five Stars "As Punk as a book can get. Great read ... punk nostalgia meets Fear and Loathing [in Las Vegas]."
As Southern California's throttle-wide-open Punk scene reaches its peak, famed writer and poet Johnny Salinger struggles to exhume the meaning of his own existence. Tortured over whether the tragic death of his fiancée was set into motion by happenstance or fate, he attempts to end his self-loathing spiral by setting out on a one-way road trip in search of a redemptive crossroads that may come too late. From the angst-fueled parties in Venice Beach, to the booze shacks of New Orleans, Salinger is joined by an unforgettable cast of uninhibited misfits who carry a brazenly raw and sometimes burlesque cocktail of narratives. Cursed is the Road to the American Dream is told through the gin and wine-soaked diaries of three lost souls, desperate to find their piece of the "Great and Wonderful Everything." The intoxicatingly nostalgic prequel to the Kerouac prose-inspired companion novel, Nobody Special: The Death of Johnny Salinger, Cursed is the Road to the American Dream is gritty, lust-for-life storytelling.... It's Catcher in the Rye on punk rock Benzedrine. This uncensored "Twentieth Anniversary Edition" includes a Forward and Afterward by Kimberly Salinger, along with never before published entries that reveal deeper insights behind the broken icon's reluctant rise and fall from becoming one of the American underground's most enigmatic anti-heroes.
Five Stars "This is a nostalgic 1980's punk roller coaster ride ... it's an On the Road for a new generation."
Five Stars "A brilliant, heavy, intriguing, disturbing, warming, dark, wild ride of a story that has skyrocketed its way up my list of all-time favorites."
Five Stars "... as fine of a swan song that has ever been penned."
With wit akin to Steve Martin's Cruel Shoes and Woody Allen's Side Effects, Deadmen will delight you even if clowns aren't your "thing." From the thespian clowns planning a trek across America on their tricycles in an homage to Easy Rider, to Mephistophelian pacts with the Devil, you'll find out what lurks behind the doors of the most thrilling freak show on Earth! Some may think it bizarre humor ... others will simply call it a collection of ingenious, satirical vignettes about clowns imitating art, and life imitating clowns ... we just call it: "Clowns," Chronicles & Paper Dots.
Five Stars "Shakespeare is to romance as Jack Deadmen is to clowns."
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