These Precious Daysby No Sweat
No Sweat has painted a portrait of a man caught in the web of his times, a victim turned survivor, a player in the eponymous reality show of hand-to-mouth grubbing and a victor who has circumvented conventionality and apparent destiny to become a psychical congregate of paradoxical array. More than just being entertained, I learned from this book and felt immersed in its singular culture, as though I had spent years exploring his world. It has the distinguishing earmarks of a masterpiece-vibrant plot, memorable characters, bucolic setting, with the personal touch of the sensitive diarist. H is an intuitive and imaginative author par excellence.
I give this new work by No Sweat my highest recommendation, both as a licensed therapist and voracious reader. I look forward to seeing future offerings by this exciting new author.
Sara L. Griffith, LMFT
- Old Seventy Creek Press
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THESE PRECIOUS DAYS is: 1) the hot, new property waiting to be turned into the next hot, new HBO series; 2) the thinking man's THE BIG LEBOWSKI; 3) a nostalgic romp through the drug culture of the early 1980's; 4) pure, unadulterated pigeon porn; 5) an eastern Kentucky survival manual; 6) some kind of nefarious drug paraphanellia; 7) an indictment of the Man; 8) a Parrothead's guide to the Florida Keys; 9) a postscript to Hemingway's suicide note; 10) a 509-page novel comprised of 102 ersatz journal entries, ranging from 1 April 1982-8 April 1984; the 103rd entry--dated August 2010--serving as the novel's coda; one and all framed and punctuated by a tour de force of couplets, aphorisms, homilies, and fables, eg., Big Words don't make a big writer (52). Virginia Woolf opined that fiction is nothing more than timid autobiography. TPD is the exception that proves the rule, for No Sweat 's novel is nothing less than bold autobiography. By design, the author's nom de plume is also the name of TPD's protagonist--No Sweat. NS grows up in Aopehh a small eastern Kentucky river-town, an outer satellite of Lexington, KY, the Heart of the Bluegrass--and the hub of the universe as far as Aopehharians are concerned. In the early 1980's Aopehh is the number-one pot-growing county in Kentucky, and Kentucky is the number-one pot-producer state. The Drug War--the War Against the U.S. Poor--is on hot and heavy. The Governor of Kentucky has turned the annual pot raids into his own media circus. The pot fields are being sprayed with paraquat in order to poison pot smokers. The governor takes an especial pride in poisoning the state's citizens. It is consistent with the Reagan Administration's policy of Interdiction, that rather than pursuing and arresting the big suppliers, the big dealers, the law would bear down and concentrate its efforts on the drug consumer, on individual users--which is consistent with the GOP's War On Poor People. NS comes of age in a madhouse world that's on the brink of nuclear suicide. Through the redemptive power of a good woman's love, NS is able to break the cycle of childhood abuse and like Hemingway's Nick Adams, he lives honorably by his own code. This novel is destined to become an Americam classic.
THESE PRECIOUS DAYS is unlike any book that I have ever read. Its format and the way the story is told is totally unique. No Sweat has a distinct voice that challenges the conventional wisdom of his place and time. It is a brave journal of a marijuana grower that raises racing pigeons and is all but destroyed when his best friend, BLACK HOLE finally commits suicide. I felt as though I were with No Sweat throughout the journal. As though every word in the journal was accurate and true. I cannot think of any novel remotely akin to it. No Sweat's "Aopehh" was beautiful in that it stood time still and painted a portrait that I could see and almost touch. It was obvious to me that no man could write a novel like this unless he was madly in love with life. I very highly recommend this beautiful journal to anyone wanting to read something honest and revealing of the human heart. I cannot recommend a book any higher.