As the name implies, Lensfogger's BEST is a collection of twenty-one works. Some are just frivolous, but most are intended to entertain and impart a message or two. A few are intensely serious based on the author's experiences. The many voices of the renowned photo/journalist, Dodger Lensfogger, narrate our way through this magnificent journey.
Every super-hero has an alter-ego. Dodger Lensfogger is no different, except that he has multiple identities and speaks with many voices. Dodger's characters routinely surface in response to situations or people, who interest him, whether he finds them stimulating, challenging or even offensive. He writes about himself or others in the first person or third person, whatever feels best for the story. He also allows no limits to his inspiration or writing style. Each work, whether whimsical, a touch off-color or intensely serious must be appreciated on its individual merits and intent.
I accurately refer to my friend, Dodger Lensfogger, as a super-hero because he wields his mighty camera and potent words to expose the truth wherever it lies buried under layers of wicked distortions and deceits. He celebrates the humanity of those who live in the darkness of poverty and pain of repression. He is a soldier for peace and justice for us all who must live together on our small planet. No worthy cause or desperate call for help ever goes unanswered. Regardless of the danger and personal sacrifice that may be required, Dodger tilts the battle against whatever evils lurk among us.
Dodger's prowess is extraordinary but very real - not like those comic book characters that are created merely to entertain. He does not conquer all through a convenient, but unbelievable mutant physical deviance. Dodger's perceptive wit, subtle satire and self-depreciating humor lead each of us on a path to human greatness. All we must do is implement his philosophies and honorable standards of behavior into our daily lives.
Amazingly, Dodger sees nothing unusual in his incredible talents. "I just follow the voices in my head," he says. "Doesn't everybody?"
And despite his many successes, he remains a truly humble man who asks for nothing in return for his selfless actions, except for perhaps a wave or friendly smile as he journeys forever onward.
Finally, Dodger finds it difficult to let these stories be exposed to the reading public. He generally lives a reclusive life and does not want the notoriety that no doubt will be focused his way. He could only be convinced to publish Lensfogger's BEST on the assurance that his principles of ethics and decency will be spread to a broad audience around the world. In that way, he hopes his tireless efforts will achieve an even greater good for all mankind.
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About the Author
A Super-Hero's Collection of Humor,
Satire, & Short Stories
Roger Blake a.k.a. Dodger Lensfogger
The earliest of these stories, How the World I Saved, was started over 35 years ago in 1988. I remember typing away on my word processor in the converted loft of an old railroad depot. Dust would shake off the rafters covering me and my work every time a train rumbled through.
Some stories were conceived in the sleeping compartments of semi-trucks as I crisscrossed the country during the late 1990s through 2005.
My life has been a pursuit of creativity wherever I could find it. Another apt description would be "a tattered masterpiece of jobs and careers that should have worked but never did." Careers have included flying in the Navy, commercial real estate and truck driving - all interspersed with periods when I dropped out to survive doing other things - like being a waiter, jeep tour driver, cabbie, bartender, inn keeper, gallery owner, car salesman, photographer and artist.
None of my many, many jobs ever compare to the passion and fulfillment that I receive from art and writing.
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Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite Lensfogger's BEST: A Super-Hero's Collection of Humor, Satire & Short Stories takes a look at the quirks and tropes that compose contemporary America and skillfully subverts, lampoons, and examines them. A good short story lingers. It dwells in your head hours after reading the piece. Great short stories, however, become an integral part of your psyche, so much so that you eventually use them as examples to prove a point in drunken yet serious bar discussions. Lensfogger's BEST: A Super-Hero's Collection of Humor, Satire & Short Stories has given me enough material to enliven my night time jaunts all the way to the first sign of liver failure. Dissecting prose, immaculate set up and construction, and barbed wit that draws just enough blood to be felt but not enough to utterly ruin the subject, Roger Blake has crafted a compilation that never fails to elicit a muffled snort of intellectual amusement. Yes, intelligence is a trait that is a must for both satire and humor, but Blake stands out by having a heightened sensitivity regarding his chosen subjects, be it the foppery that is British royalty or the various societal clashes of race, gender, and status in America. This sensitivity pervades the entire collection, and sometimes gives way to pure empathy, as the case was in Rose, a surprisingly emotional read with a lesson all of us should take to heart. Roger Blake needs to write more of these wonderful stories, and readers need to recognize his penchant and skill in crafting tales that amuse and teach at the same time.