OK, so I am not always timely or on the pulse. Well, I am but I just now have been able to find a medium to express this great characteristic I embody!
Whatever, I may be a few months late but I have another recommendation that some of you may or may not have heard about. Check out writer Blair Mastbaum’s latest book Us Ones In Between. It is as beautiful as it is harrowing.
Jagged and hurried as the New York City landscape and train system that consume protagonist Kurt’s mind — Mastbaum’s prose and story-telling are undeniably captivating, consuming, heart-wrenching and leaves you on the edge of your seat (no, like, literally).
Kurt is a disillusioned and stumped artist surrounded in a town he is torn between loving and hating — with its upstarts, posers, glitterati and all others he thinks ignore him. After breaking up with his boyfriend, things take a sharp turn for the worse. Obsessive, paranoid, agoraphobic and aimless, Kurt is tampering dangerously with what is real and what isn’t. As things spiral even more out of control, Kurt just may be responsible for the string of subway pushings making the news.
With Mastbaum’s second book under his belt, he is surely becoming the voice of — and the master of detailing the lives of — the outer fringe and the disillusioned youth. His description of New York City and the counterculture Kurt and many like him belong to there is uncanny and spot-on!
Check out Clay’s Way, Mastbaum’s first book! It’s also a great read!