October revolution by Tom LaMarr

By Tom LaMarr

With humor and perception, October Revolution documents the private odyssey of Rod Huxley, a one-time radical writer pressured to confront a prior he has effectively shunned for greater than twenty years. A terrorist is keeping hostages at a Burger King in Washington, DC, and just one call for has been issued: that Huxley seem within the fast-food eating place. His cross-country journey is certainly one of secret (Who is within the Burger King--and why?), confusion, and remembrance. the adventure is extra complex by way of bungling FBI distinctive Agent Fenwick, who has been dispatched from Washington to "protect" Huxley. Wrenched from self-imposed hermitage, Huxley is pressured to come back to phrases once more with the book in 1972 of his Cookbook for Revolution: one hundred fifty effortless how one can Boil, Broil, and Fry the wealthy, an act of literary production he quick got here to remorse. not just has he needed to stay with the hack activity performed to his manuscript by way of a brand new York editor, yet he is additionally spent so much of his existence attempting to overlook the so-called revolutionaries whose zeal was once encouraged by way of his booklet. but now Huxley is compelled to invite himself difficult questions on his dating to this very public previous: Why have been many beliefs so easily discarded? Are any worthy retrieving now? Can something be discovered from the "revolutionary Sixties," or have nostalgia and cynicism made that most unlikely? Huxley's final quest--to locate his personal solutions to those questions--unfolds as he ways the unknown terrorist looking forward to him at a quick foodstuff eating place within the nation's capital.

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After reading your file, I'm amazed you were able to produce an entire book of any kind, let alone one that would cause such commotion. " He was referring to the reviewer for Ramparts magazine. "'The only book that matters'? You sure don't strike me as the most motivated person I've ever met. " I was on fire; that's the only way I can describe it. For years, my mind smoldered and sputtered, burning myself and those around me with strange, uncontrollable ideas. In high school, I was suspended time after time for mimeographing smart-ass "underground newspapers" after hours in the teachers' lounge, for organizing skip days, for being trapped in a small-town Midwestern high school while the late 1960s raged.

My mother and father told me a sinner can't hide," she told me instead, and resumed her musical testimony. I nodded my head in polite agreement and hurried back to my three-room apartment on Corona Street. This was the place where I did most of my hiding. Page 18 For twenty years, I had been able to sneak in and out of the real world. I was one of America's invisibles, privately mapping a city's grid of sidewalks and alleys, sitting alone in movie theaters, or at home, between the lopsided towers of half-read paperbacks that form artificial walls in my imitationNew Yorkinthe1930s art-deco apartment, drinking my bourbon and Coke, masturbating to impersonal fantasies, taunting the cats with dancing string.

I'm not important," I reply. " "You've got a crazy bastard holding hostages in Washington, demanding to see you and no one else. I've been on these assignments for almost thirty years. Back in the sixties, I spied on some of the most famous people you ever heard of, and no one ever took hostages on my account. What the hell was in that book you wrote? What were you? " Page 2 "That was a long time ago," I remind him. "I was young a weekend hippie communist. Thankfully, nobody remembers. I'm not important.

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