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Reading at Tuesday Funk: (video)

Thanks so much to Eden Robins and Andrew Huff of Tuesday Funk for shooting and posting this video of me reading from The Fugue at Tuesday Funk in December of 2015. This video actually represents only the second time I had read from the book in public.

Tuesday Funk is one of the best reading series in any city. If you’ve never had a chance to attend, the next one is February 2nd at the Hopleaf. Click here for more information.

The following bookstores promise to keep copies of The Fugue in stock:

The Book Table, Oak Park, IL (Autographed copies, will ship in continental USA)

City Lit Books, Logan Square, Chicago

52nd Street Bookstore, Hyde Park, Chicago

The Morton College Bookstore, Cicero, IL


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A student weighs in on Palin

One of my students asked me this morning if I had heard the junkyard of syntax Sarah Palin had delivered at Trump’s event in Iowa. I told him that, yes, unfortunately, I had heard it.

This student wondered how this could happen. Shouldn’t the college teach him how he could become Palin? Instead, the college found it necessary for him to learn the details of grammar and the nuances of English prose, this when a woman of Palin’s stature was allowed to vomit a rat nest of phrases and neologisms, and to do it on television, broadcast it around the world, utterly unaware of her ignorance.

Well, I said, he was also “allowed” to babble whatever came to his head in public, if he wanted. No one would stop him, just as no one had stopped Palin. Did he really want that?

That’s not the point, the student continued. The point is that Palin was less articulate than the sounds of a tin can  blowing down the sidewalk, and had fewer points than a cluster of fishhooks in some drunk’s tackle box, yet it did not interfere with her ability to have a career or cost her any money. In fact, she probably made money by going on stage and unloading her crap. She probably sold some books. She probably got more followers on Twitter.

Sure, I said. That’s what happened. That’s the world we live in.

If the student did this, he complained, he’d be punished with low grades and might not pass his classes. He’d never achieve his dream of becoming an accountant. He could see no route to Palin’s stature that did not also require him to correct his thought process and language skills.

Yes, I said. That’s true.

The student wanted to know what somebody was going to do about it.

I don’t know, I said. It seems everyone’s perfectly well entertained, at least for the moment.

“We have bigger problems than anyone’s talking about,” he said. “This isn’t a joke.”

I agreed with him, a young man of nineteen, born to recent migrants, paying his way through community college by making deliveries, working over 20 hours each week while taking on a full load of classes.

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Lie, steal and stop listening to NPR

This is a wonderful presentation by Tracy Letts at Chicago Ideas Week, 2013. I just came across it today. It answers the questions: How can you live a creative life? and How can you open yourself up to ideas and creative impulses? Enjoy.

If you can’t watch the video, there’s a transcribed summary here.

“Stop drinking, but do drugs.”

Tracy Letts v2 from Chicago Ideas Week on Vimeo.


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‘The Fugue’ by Gint Aras

This morning I woke up to find my novel compared to Virginia Woolf, Victor Hugo and Betty Smith. Never in my wildest dreams…

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the-fugue-gint-arasWhat is truth? What is love? What is living, and what does it mean to truly live your life? These questions only brush the surface of inquires that Gint Aras makes in his latest novel The Fugue. A book about family, about belief, about the deepest, darkest corners of the human condition, The Fugue is an exploration of humanity on the highest level.

A fugue is defined either as “a polyphonic composition based upon one, two or more themes,” or “a period during which a person suffers from loss of memory, often begins a new life, and, upon recovery, remembers nothing of the amnesic phase.” Aras draws on these definitions both literally and figuratively throughout the whole of The Fugue.  The novel weaves together multiple characters’ storylines and arcs so that they all intersect at various points throughout the novel. Coming together at the highest points of climax…

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Two Chicagoland readings, back to back

The good people at the Morton College Library have agreed to host two readings next week. I’m very happy to present my novel at the library, which has benefited my writing tremendously. Obviously, The Fugue is set in Cicero; these are the only readings I have planned in my hometown, so they should be special.

During these readings, one in the late morning, January 25th, the other in the early evening, January 26th, I’ll have our students in mind, and I’ll talk about writing as a lifelong craft and profession. However, they are free and open to the public!

The Morton College Library is on Morton College campus, almost right in the middle. Head through the courtyard/amphitheater, enter through the glass doors and take a left in the vestibule.

3801 S Central Avenue, Cicero, Illinois

The following hyperlinks will take you to Facebook event pages where you might RSVP. Of course, you don’t have to. Just come, and bring a friend!

Session One—January 25th, 11:00 AM Morton College Library Cybercafe

Session Two—January 26th, 7:00 PM Morton College Library Cybercafe

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Yes, I’m begging: my GoFundMe page

No, I’m not ill. I’m not in any danger and I haven’t suffered any loss. But if you read my short write-up about Šarūnas Sauka, you know how much I love his art. The exhibit ends in March, and I would love to get out there from Chicago, write a full-blown article, perhaps interview some people, share the experience with as much of the English-speaking world as possible. It’s just crazy that nobody really knows this man’s art when he should be discussed with the greats.

Please click here to drop something in my hat. Any little bit helps…

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