- Writer, present
- Various Branches of USA Inc.Whipping Boy, 2000 - 2010
I'm a thirty-something currently holed-up in a fourth-floor walk-up in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. At university, I earned degrees in ridiculous, boring shit like finance, computer science and information systems. My real education came from wandering around the world. I am a writer of literary fiction with a heavy satirical bent. When not writing, I like to put the ping-pong beat-down on my Asian friends at the Sunset Park Rec Center.
debut novel, Where's Unimportant:Jack Addington is stuck. A carefree life wandering the globe has morphed into a monotonous existence working for an oppressive Manhattan-based software company peddling products which destroy the lives of decent people. Jack struggles through soul-sucking affairs with despotic executives and eccentric scientists by mentally projecting himself out of the present and into past adventures. Avoidance, however, is temporary, and it does not take long for his overly medicated mind to lose perspective, causing him to act increasingly irrational in a brutally rational world. Jack attempts to reconnect to reality through the guidance of a colorful group of 'advisers', but a bleak situation continues to spin out of control despite his best efforts. Ultimately for Jack, a slice of contentment is found only when luck stands amid the rubble of his failed attempts at perseverance. Sharply satirical, funny and painfully honest, Where's Unimportant is a snapshot of one man's failed attempt at the American Dream.
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Working on my second novel now. If you enjoy breezy, happy, feel-good literature you will hate it.
Also, working on a collection of fables; my attempt to write literature for the shortest among us.
- several institutions of overly structured learning