Comments for A Hodologist in America Mon, 18 May 2015 02:20:38 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Leave Your Darlings Alone by Matt Muller on Facebook Mon, 18 May 2015 02:20:38 +0000 Stephan Eirik Clark Good question!

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Comment on The Mother of Books is Prompt (And So Can You!) by Matt Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:34:25 +0000 Well, I had a week to whip something up.  Apparently, I disobeyed the rules of my own exercise and ended up using simple association in order to incorporate the 4 random words:  laser, screw, belt, clipper.  This is what I came up with:

The Unhinged Life and Times of Miles Passyn

In the early days of the War on Terrorism, while traveling across America, Marine war veteran, med school dropout and unemployed Miles Passyn is hurtled into a phantasmagoric journey that will change his life forever. 

Bildungsroman, metafictional magical realism, travelogue, and post-American manifesto all rolled into one epic quest, The Unhinged Life and Times of Miles Passyn is based on factual details from the eponymous hero’s life and narrated by Mr. Miyagi, the ghost of Passyn’s pet dog. 

This narrative zooms at light speed – between experimental pharmacology and H.D. Thoreau, black helicopters and aggressive Wal-Mart door greeters, Madonna and Lord of the Rings, and at least one haunted house – like the Millennium Falcon through an asteroid belt while being gunned down by Imperial TIE Fighters, laser cannons blasting.  Tracking one man’s spiraling descent into the Simpsonsesque underworld of contemporary America, The Unhinged Life and Times of Miles Passyn explores just how he barely manages to keep his pants on with the thread of life clipped a few notches longer than usually allotted.

Comment on Back to the Future: My First Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance by Matt Mon, 01 Oct 2012 11:17:58 +0000 In reply to James Lande.

Hi James,

Thank you for your comments. I hope someday to have some answers; or at least something people would pay to read.

Looks like our friend, the inimitable Tom Carter, is spinning a web amongst the expat writers of China. Through him I came across the writings of Isham Cook – very good reading. I look forward to more of his posts. Not to mention your Yang Shen… A few lines read in haste left me with the impression that it’s more cerebral and epic and evolved than Tai Pan – which is exactly what I would want to read right about now.

So now I have to wait till I get to a wireless hotspot to get my nexus updated with a sample from Amazon.

So much to read, so much to write!


Comment on Back to the Future: My First Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance by James Lande Sat, 29 Sep 2012 05:57:27 +0000 Matt,

Keep asking the questions. We're listening. Even if paddling wildly to keep up with you. When I was where you are, figuratively speaking, forty years or so ago, there were no weblogs, and no one who had a clue to talk with. We asked similar questions, but did not have your eloquence to express them.

We'd like to hear more about Chengdu, and Siquan (the last image we have is of Wen bo-bo shouting down into the crushed buildings that he was there and not to worry because he had come to help). At one and the same time it seems both remote, and like the heart of China.

More anon,
Old China Books
(PS: We followed a Tom Carter bread crumb trail to get here.)