Will@Epicqwest.Com: A Medicated Memoir

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Tom Grimes is the author of the novels A STONE OF THE HEART, SEASON'S END, and CITY OF GOD, the plays SPEC and NEW WORLD, and the fiction anthology, THE WORKSHOP: SEVEN DECADES FROM THE IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP. His work has been named York Times Notable Book of the Year, New & Noteworthy Paperback, and an Editor's Choice pick, won three Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards, awarded a James Michener Fellowship, and been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover series. He now directs the MFA Program in Creative ...

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Overview

Tom Grimes is the author of the novels A STONE OF THE HEART, SEASON'S END, and CITY OF GOD, the plays SPEC and NEW WORLD, and the fiction anthology, THE WORKSHOP: SEVEN DECADES FROM THE IOWA WRITERS WORKSHOP. His work has been named York Times Notable Book of the Year, New & Noteworthy Paperback, and an Editor's Choice pick, won three Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards, awarded a James Michener Fellowship, and been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover series. He now directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southwest Texas State University.

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Editorial Reviews

Dagoberto Gilb
Funny, intravenously hilarious.
Denis Johnson
I'm happy to report that Tom Grimes has written another terrific book.
Tim OBrien
Funny, hip, sad, and very, very smart, this superbly written novel tells a story with which all of us can identify in this age of computers and information overload. This is truly an ‘epic quest,’ an often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking search for peace and solace and ordinary human happiness.
West Coast Review of Books
[His work] ... is so well written that you want there to be more: more pages, more unexpected allusions, more pleasing insights.... One can only hope that there is more Tom Grimes in the offing.
Kirkus Reviews
Dystopian satire on the Information Age and medicated students that may well charm its way intravenously into the hearts of younger readers. Its sublime dialogue certainly will appeal to youths pondering the vacuity of modern life. Ludlow Press opens this spring with a pair of manic original trade paperbacks (see Perez, below). WILL is a psychopharmacologically medicated post-post-post-post-modern college student who can't adjust to the notion of homework and is failing all courses, his GPA now sunk to 1.55. His mother isn't much help ("I just don't feel I can give you any advice I can honestly say I subscribe to"), and there's also the problem of Information Sickness (IS). WILL, at 19, is a Virology major: he studies viruses, the ultimate information systems that leave you sick or dying. And IS is an "overload of information. A disease so insidious that its spread was relentless, detection nearly impossible, and the infection rate potentially universal." "Like maybe, information has a half-life or something. It accretes in your system until there's some kind of mega-overload. Or maybe if everything's absurd, and true, and instantly contradicted and meaningless, existential fusion occurs. You're hit with a metaphysical hydrogen bomb composed of the world's bullshit and beauty." The smart disease for a wired world kills 47 on campus ["CAUSE ALLUDES AUTHORITIES"], with Hollywood dickering for movie rights, while the university claims all rights to the virus. Like Don Quixote, WILL gears up his wonder computer, Spunk, and sets out on a superclueless epicqwest of memoir-therapy toward a world-saving myth amid the hopeless culturebabble. Whether conversing with doctors, student counselor, thebrainy Naomi (his Dulcinea), he's fabulously talkative. The unwitting laughter he steadily evokes, page by page, makes Grimes (City of God, 1995) a joyous dark humorist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971341579
  • Publisher: Ludlow Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    One Wild 'Epic Quest!'

    I just have to say I didn't know what to expect when I opened this book. I much less understood the title (except that I eventually figured out it was also a website by the same name!) -- this is simply one hilarious, wild ride of a book. It's been a while since I've been swept along by this much manic comic energy. Anyway, if you love to laugh -- put down David Sedaris for a second -- and log on: WILL@epicqwest.com -- you won't regret owning this gorgeous and unique book! It really knocked my socks off!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    Winner of the 2004 'Ulysses' Award

    IndyLit is very proud to announce that will@epicqwest.com is the winner of the 2004 'Ulysses' Award for Superior Fiction. will@epicqwest.com is a mythopean satire about a heavily medicated student named Will and his trusty sidekick Spunk (his laptop computer, a post-modern Sanchez if there ever was one) engaging upon an quixotic expedition to save the girl of his dreams, Naomi (read Dulcinea) and the world from Information Sickness, a plague linked to immediate access to information . Ironic, hilarious, and sparkling with quaint wit, will@epicqwest.com shines with its sardonic dialogue, M-TV-style introverted imagism, and noir comedy. Mr. Grimes is an adept and observant storyteller who deserves a wider audience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2003

    Pretty Good

    The first couple of pages of Will turned me off, but as I got 1/3 into the book I began to enjoy the life being introduced to the life of Will. While the environment is a stretch into what may happen to us, where Supermodels are considered the norm and fat-free, all chemical food has been invented I enjoyed being placed into the life of a young man going through the troubles of trying to become intimate with his first love and dealing with his mother's cancer scare. Grimes does a great job of incorporating his humor and make fun of a world that we actually reside in. Here Hollywood rules, politicians are elected based on their lack of action and everyone is prescribed drubs because it's just easier that way. It's a good read and I would recommend it for those who are fans of a Candide for the 21st century.

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