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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595094110
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/18/2000
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

New Orleans
Caffeine and the Rites of Conception 3
Positively Necessary Existence 35
God in the Machine 75
Forging on Bourbon 89
Fearlessly the Idiot Faced the Crowd 109
The Only Place in New Orleans That Has Blatz on Draft 121
Happy New Year 149
Sympathy, Sports, and Sirens 163
Lee Circle 211
Bill's Shoe Shop and Other Stories 221
Jesus Was Hung on Fat Tuesday 277
New Orleans, Honestly 291
Ohio by Lead Balloon
Up the Country 307
Bruzzers in Arms 355
In the Dope of the Pigment 393
Old Orleans
Cabin, Garden, Culture Shock 419
The Dissipation of Tribal Forces 449
Elvis' Aim 469
Confluence 475
This Is the End 489
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    A Gutsy New Voice!

    Just imagine what might happen if suddenly people decided to actually speak their minds instead of mouthing those insipid, inane phrases of the masses (i.e., 'Have a nice day!'). Do any of us have the intestinal fortitude to say what we REALLY think or feel to those we come into contact with throughout a typical day? Not likely. Well, that's exactly what Nash Falstaff, frustrated musician/philosopher, does one morning when he steps from his New Orleans apartment elevator and confronts his eye-appealing landlady. Thus begins the REVOLUTION for truth and honesty, spearheaded by Nash and his faithful, motley band of Apostles. But THRESHOLDS is so much more. This is a character-driven, complex, cornucopian work of art. It's ribald and philosophical, hilarious and serious, enlightening, and at times, a bit confounding. Barnes isn't afraid to break new ground with his stylistic writing. He challenges the reader to pay attention and keep up. His dialogue jumps off the pages, but his sparse 'tag lines' and innovative use of elipses for conversational pauses '...' '...' do require you to stay focused. I've read this novel three times, and with each new reading have come away with more. Nick Barnes is a gutsy, fresh new voice in the literature of America. I predict we'll hear a lot more from him in the future, especially if the 'bottom line = $$$' New York publishing world ever opens its jaded eyes to the real wealth of talent waiting in the hinterland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Examines human nature in brilliant detail.

    This is a book you might want to read certain parts of a second time. My favorite dialogues are those that point out the fraud in so much of art and poetry today, in institutional religion,(he invents a new word: one who acts self-righteously is acting 'jesusly'); in education, in philosophical treatises, in sports and in music. In the somewhat surprising resolution of the story, Barnes shows his commonality with Thoreau in a very real but novel way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    On the threshold . . .

    Reflecting the ambiance of the hippest part of modern day New Orleans, Nash Falstaff and Sera enjoy a life of drugs, drink and sex as they seek the golden fleece of honesty. Mr. Barnes paints a vivid picture of life on the cusp through the raw energy of his potent dialog. A powerful work.

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