Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Apartment by Greg Baxter was a spontaneous purchase. The joys of book shops. Wandering the store. Exploring new releases. Nice cover. Curious title. Read the 1st page. Sometimes a complete stranger will speak to you. Just the way the words fall together. And you'll buy something you didn't know previously existed.
This is how I picked up The Apartment. A newly released hardback, at the time. By an author I'd never heard of. But it spoke to me. And even better it paid off - which is not always the case. Even if I do mostly trust my instincts.
The Apartment is on one level a simple story. And it is on that level that I enjoy it the most. A man has moved from the US to Europe, an unnamed city. Though from the description it feels like Vienna to me. He has an appointment to see an apartment, but is early so has time to kill. It is winter, he spends a lot of time walking. So he decides a good jacket would be good.
On that level the simplicity of it works for me. Obviously it is more than that. It is the language. The character. Into the base idea we get a history of the character and his choices. His family relationship with the city. The people he has met and nascent friendship resulting. Which is to say in the story of a man shopping for a jacket we get life.
It is hard to entirely explain why it worked for me. I can see it doesn't sound obvious. But I enjoyed. A lot.
So I occasionally keep my eyes open for new work by the author. But last night I was wandering the book shop. Frustrated by two novels in a row that did not connect. And there, in hardback, in the new releases - the new novel by Greg Baxter "Munich Airport". So I bought it and I'm reading it.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Here is a periodic and updated summary of my fiction online:
Spirit Guide Plays Guitar
Issue 12: The Temple of the Inevitable
Issue 7: Blood & Souls
Issue 4: 1. Survivor
Issue 5: 2. No Survivor
Issue 3: When Gretchen Met Sally
Issue 2: Red Fever
Perhaps worth noting, one of my works in progress is a sequel to No/Survivor...
Telling of Tales: Podcast
The Gods Are Small Birds
Dark Fiction: Podcast
Twelve Days Anthology - Five Gold Rings - podcast anthology, my piece is Five Gold Rings.
From the short, sharp, dark and nasty end of the spectrum. I would ask for forgiveness, but the hound shall come when it is time...
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate No.1
Cut Now, Cut Deep
What The Stars Hold
Finally! The Weather!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Available at aron-wiesenfeld.squarespace.com/available/ at 11AM PST, March 21st
Monday, March 03, 2014
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
"Nothing fancy, just a quick sketch from a childhood memory.
Childhood was sometimes odd."
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Inside Liz Brizzi's studio as she prepares for 'Adrift' this April at Thinkspace, a photo by thinkspace_gallery on Flickr.