Little Person, Evangeline (Eve) Solly of stunning wit, and a slow witted Pantagruel, Derek Bratter, have a radio talk show (Shut Up!) and an on the edge romance and off beat life in the Borough Park, New Utrecht Avenue section of Brooklyn, GPS The New Pompey Bar & Restaurant. The time is the present. Will the disinherited Derek find out who shivved his twin brother, Theo, in Rikers? Will he stay alive long enough to be reinstated as the heir to the family fortune? Can Eve Solly leverage the Brighton Beach Russian mob against the family foundation's laundering operation and its villainous lobbyists? Is a parrot working on a dictionary from a parrot's perspective part of "The New Norm" established in a deranged world? Do the dead really hang around and talk to us or are we, such cowards, talking to ourselves through them? Is a visionary Sweetheart so much finer than a real relationship? Can a voluble arsonist burn down just the deranged parts of everything?The genre is dark comedy, one whose narrative forms sample murder mystery, the mysteries of laundering operations, including Russian interference, a disowned Fortunate Son, Derek, and his confrontation with forces pulling him reluctantly into a claim to his family's estate, and a last section retreat to Fishkill Office of Mental Health inmates, ironically the last refuge from a deranged society.
Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics.
He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web.
He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT
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