#1 Son and Other Stories by Michael Marcus (Punk Hostage Press)

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“Michael Marcus takes us on a wild adventure through the darkest depths of addiction, sexuality, deceit, and depravity with a raw grace and eloquence that brings to mind the voices of Jim Carroll in THE BASKETBALL DIARIES, Irvine Welsh in TRAINSPOTTING, Denis Johnson in JESUS’ SON, and Junot Diaz in DROWN. Not for a moment do we question our narrator’s truth as he depicts larger-than-life characters who are in a constant struggle to survive. “Marcus has an engaging voice as an author that is matched by his raucous humor. To read #1 SON is an experience of monumental proportions. A powerful, fresh new voice has taken center stage on the literary scene.” –Jon Hess, from his introduction

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Punk Hostage Press (December 24, 2017)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 172 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0999614185
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0999614181
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.2 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.43 x 9 inches

Michael Marcus was born in Freeport Long Island. Or as he lovingly refers to it, “cirrhosis by the sea”. His lineage consists of a long line of restless, irritable, and discontent New Yorkers, “which would make them some of the most irritable people on the planet,” says Marcus. His years of drug and alcohol abuse, (along with improv, storytelling, and a plethora of extremely undesirable jobs), has created the kind of prose you always wanted to hear but were too afraid to ask. Marcus admits he’s been beaten within an inch of his life, due to his own horrific bad decisions. And he’s happy to get to write about it. “#1 Son And Other Stories” chronicles some of these events. Donald Goines, Donald Barthelme, Eddie Bunker, Denis Johnson, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, John Fante, DFW, Iceberg Slim, SE Hinton, and Hunter S. Thompson are some of the writers Marcus gives credit for inspiration. He was raised in an extremely dysfunctional environment that was rife with crime, abuse, misogyny, racism, and a host of other horrifying principals, ideals and belief systems. “#1 Son And Other Stories” explores these issues from a man who miraculously managed to survive it all and didn’t have to become the people who raised him.

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