Since I’ve started writing books, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked what genre I specialize in.  Well, here’s another preview that may answer that question.  In my upcoming book Scowl, the main character expounds upon his opinion of the current state of the arts:

“Pasta is made of unleavened dough, most commonly wheat flour mixed with water.  Other flours can be used, and eggs are often used instead of water.  The dough is formed into various shapes and cooked.  As you know, all these shapes have their own special names.  There’s linguini, spaghetti, penne, and a multitude of other varieties, but all of them are cooked dough.  You can call them by whatever names you want, but they’re still just pasta.  I think this aptly describes art in America.  This is the state of our music, painting, sculpture, and architecture.  We are living in a world of pasta.   There is no heart.  We’re just mixing the same ingredients into different sizes and shapes.  We label our efforts by a multitude of different names, but when you boil it all down, it’s all just another pan of pasta.  Is this now making sense to you?  I mean, we tap our toes to rock, country, and jazz.  We read horror, romance, and science fiction novels.  We mix colors and paint our canvasses realist, surrealist, and impressionist.  Everything we do has a name, its own genre or style.  We feel like we’re sitting at this terrific banquet of creativity, when we’re really just feasting on doughy pasta.”

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