|Daniel Allen Cox
Quill & Quire
And this excerpt from The Nervous Breakdown:
Each of Cox's novels have bristled against the ruthlessness of time: his comic debut, Shuck, proceeds as a "found diary" from a year in the life of a gay model, perpetually on the hustle and constantly aware of the catty-quick-diva-snap where the next big thing becomes been-there, done-that. Cox's follow-up, Krakow Melt, super-imposes incendiary moments from world history while staying grounded in the seriously odd and oddly affecting affair between a queer male artist and a straight female poet, Radecki and Dorotka, the pair stuck in the diminutive by a repressive, old world Poland. As part of their immediate hooks, each of these novels provides their own theme music: Shuck cranking Duran Duran's awesomely over-the-top "Ordinary World" from a beat-up Walkman and Krakow Melt geeking out to an obscure, fetishized vinyl copy of The Floyd's Atom Heart Mother.
The novel is a fascinating read and explores issues of fame, celebrity and success. I know it's not supposed to matter, but the blurb on the outside is written by Sarah Schulman, one of my favorite writers (an aside: she should be a superstar).