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Postcards. . .And (Please) Buy My Book —Erik Cagle

November 2007

Forgive me if this isn’t verbatim; it was hastily written down on the back of a gas station debit card receipt while traveling at 70 miles an hour.

BAN THE BUN: When last we saw Fred Buck, musician, print salesman extraordinaire and the pride of O’Neil Printing in Phoenix, he was extolling his company’s virtues in an effective e-mail pitch. Not long ago, Fred wrote to say that his son, Daniel, starred in a commercial for burger joint Carl’s Jr. to promote the “flat buns” on their sandwiches.

The risqué commercial, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNlakElmwFs, was actually taken off the air amidst protests and a lawsuit brought on by Tennessee teachers. They apparently objected to a female “teacher” dancing suggestively in the video and drawing attention to her own buns, which clearly are not as flat as the ones sold at Carl’s Jr.

Dan Buck’s formidable rap skills and an interview with the budding young actor can be seen on www.carlsjr.com.

NOVEL CONCEPT: After hundreds of hours spent writing and rewriting, 2 a.m. marathon sessions and 10 years of developing ideas and then trashing them, I’ve completed my first novel. “Gross Misconduct” is a story about lost love and one man’s dream to play professional hockey, but ostensibly it’s a story about discovering one’s true self, and not always liking the reflection on the other side of the mirror.

“Gross Misconduct” contradicts fictional convention that dictates our hero, the protagonist, must change in some meaningful way by the novel’s end. Instead, everything around him changes. That’s all I’ll give away.

I think you’ll find the price is quite reasonable. This is a fast, accessible read, closer to the sparse short fiction style of Raymond Carver (he made it seem effortless) rather than the dense, literary flow of Margaret Atwood.

It’s meant to be fun, modest and, above all else, brutally honest.

It will never win a Pulitzer Prize, but I think you will find it reading time well spent. A caveat: It’s not for everyone, especially those whose sensibilities are easily upset.

For more information or to order, visit www.lulu.com/content/1341891 .
 

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